Aiming to edge out the RJD to create a political space for itself, the Pradesh Congress has stepped up it campaign against Lalu Prasad to underline its 'independent identity' and also paint the RJD as one going down the hill and its chief as an 'unreliable character'.
Despite the re-iteration of 'Go Alone', doubts persisted during the Lok Sabha polls. The allotment of front row in Parliament to Prasad, from Congress quota, rekindled the speculation that the two parties may eventually bury their hatchet to take on the resurgent JD(U).
But the Congress is all too aware that a bad performance in the by-polls on 18 Assembly seats may push it on the back foot. And, therefore, is taking no chances in its efforts to impress upon the electorate that the severing of its ties with the RJD is now permanent.
The chance for hardening its stance against Prasad was provided to the Pradesh Congress by none other than the RJD chief himself on Sunday, when he allegedly called the Congress 'a selfish party' at a meeting in Aurai. Working president of the party Sameer Kumar Singh confirmed the development.
An enraged Congress leadership quickly went into the overdrive to launch a tirade against the RJD chief. Terming Prasad as a 'totally ungrateful' man, PCC chief Anil Kumar Sharma said 'had the Congress president not extended support to him, in the interest of secularism, he would not have succeeded in foisting his wife as the chief minister on the state and becoming the Union Railway Minister later.'
This is also a reflection of his mental state, following the Congress's stand on a tie-up with the RJD despite his efforts to the contrary. Seeing the end of the road for his long political career, RJD chief is now trying to tarnish the public image of AICC president, Sharma said.
The Pradesh Congress president said that Prasad was the Natwarlal of Indian politics, who had not only ditched his political mentors but had been summarily rejected by the electorate and his once 'dependable' comrades too.