Lalu, Nitish should test alliance DNA: Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • Arun Kumar, Hindustan Times, Patna
  • Updated: Sep 17, 2015 17:32 IST
Prasad said the grand alliance leaders were sending samples for DNA tests, as pictured above, but the political DNA of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad was so different that it would never match (PTI Photo)

Union minister for communications and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad should first try to get the DNA of the grand alliance tested to ascertain why it had started disintegrating so quickly.

“The so-called grand alliance leaders are busy sending samples for DNA test to Delhi these days. Did they get the DNA of the grand alliance tested? The fact is that the political DNA of Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad is so different that they can never match,” he said.

Taking a dig at the alliance in the wake of Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Mulayam Singh walking out, Prasad said it was a ‘like a sinking ship deserted by the captain’.

“In fact, this alliance was never meant to be as it started off with merger moves and when that did not happen, it boiled down to an unnatural and unholy alliance, wobbling all the way before splitting. It is nothing but a platform to promote dynasty, opportunism and corruption,” he added.

Maintaining that there were talks about Lalu Prasad bargaining for more seats for the SP from the quota of Congress and JD(U) so that he could strengthen his own position in the alliance, the Union minister said it clearly pointed to the ‘distrust’ within.

Prasad said Nitish Kumar should explain the kind of development he visualised sitting on the shoulders of ‘scam-tainted’ Lalu Prasad. “These days he is speaking in favour of Lalu Prasad. He should then also explain what does he feel about the fodder and bitumen scams? His silence says more than it hides, making room for inner contradictions which people can easily decipher,” he said.

Prasad said there were two main aspects of the Bihar elections. “On one end is Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to take Bihar forward while on the other is the desperate lot of Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad and Congress doing its best to stop him,” he said.

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