After showing a rare unity in taking the Bihar’s cause on the Maharashtra issue before the Prime Minister, political parties in the state are back to the game of one-upmanship.
Railway Minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday accused Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of ‘dividing the spirit and unity among all political parties’ over attacks on Biharis in Maharashtra and dared MPs and legislators of all parties in the state to resign from their respective seats by November 15 to mobilise public opinion against divisive elements.
“I have asked all my 24 Lok Sabha and 4 Rajya Sabha MPs, 55 MLAs and 15 MLCs to submit resignation by November 15. I appeal to MPs and legislators from all political parties to follow suit to build a public opinion against elements indulging in hate campaign against Biharis and launch a campaign similar to one launched by the late Jayaprakash Narayan under an apolitical banner,” he told mediapersons.
The Railway Minister said that he had already spoken to LJP president Ramvilas Paswan and would talk to Nitish Kumar soon to draw out a plan for taking our workers to the streets in a peaceful manner to mobilise public opinion against divisive forces and save the integrity of the country,” he said.
He appealed to all political parties not to have any truck with political parties and organizations associated with Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray.
Peeved over the unilateral decision of the JD (U) announcing resignation by all its five Lok Sabha MPs on November 7 if the anti-north Indian campaign in Maharashtra was not checked by then, Lalu said that, “They want to achieve cheap popularity. I am sure the announcement could not have been made without Nitish Kumar’s sanction. Moreover, the threat was issued when the term of Parliament is to expire in a few months and the MPs had little to lose. I want that even Rajya Sabha MPs and MLCs should resign to launch the campaign.”
Lalu said that the entire ‘positive message’ sent across the nation by the all-party delegation meeting with the PM has been brought to a nought by the JD (U)’s unilateral decision.
The RJD chief made it clear said that the recent spate of violence in Maharashtra should not be misconstrued as a fight between Biharis and Maharashtrians. “It is basically the handiwork of small group of disgruntled anti-national elements to damage the social fabric. Let’s come on the road to frustrate their evil design and rebuild the nation,” Lalu said.
He further charged that the memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister did not mention the names of Bal Thackeray and Raj Thackeray.
“It shows that Nitish Kumar was only putting up a show of concern for the Biharis. It is still not clear whether he will continue his alliance with BJP, an ally of the Shiv Sena. Though Nitish did not attend the NDA rally at Sonepat, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav was present,” he said and called upon the NDA to clear its stance vis-à-vis the Shiv Sena. “We consider parties like Shiv Sena and MNS as anti-nationals and are never going to join hands with them,” he said.