Sure of victory, Lalu plans anti-BJP stir from Modi’s Varanasi

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2015 19:02 IST
Lalu Prasad after casting his vote at a veterinary college, in Patna. (arvind yadav/ ht photo)

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday unveiled plans for an anti-BJP mass movement starting from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi, asserting that victory of the grand alliance on Sunday was a foregone conclusion.

The former chief minister’s victory prediction and subsequent plans, which also include a rally at Kolkata’s iconic Brigade ground, came a day ahead of counting of votes for the state’s 243 seats.

Exit polls aired by TV channels after the five-phase polling in the state have delivered a split verdict with some indicating victory for the BJP while some others have predicted a win for the alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress. According to a few, none of the NDA or grand alliance will get the numbers to form the government.

Speaking to reporters at the RJD headquarters in Patna, Lalu Prasad said that his campaign from Varanasi will highlight Modi’s “failure” to fulfill his promise of turning the holy city into a modern metropolis like Kyoto in Japan.

“After our big win tomorrow, I will start my nationwide campaign against the BJP from Varanasi. I will take the lantern (RJD poll symbol) to Modi’s constituency to expose how he has failed…,” Lalu said adding the Prime Minister’s clean Ganga project has also failed to deliver.

He also said that the BJP’s dreams of conquering West Bengal, where assembly polls are due next year, will end in Bihar.

“(For the rally in Kolkata) I will ride a rickshaw and tell people to come to the Brigade ground,” Lalu added.

Alleging that the exit polls were manipulated by the NDA government at the Centre, he asserted that the grand alliance will win at least 190 seats and make a clean sweep.

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