Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday slammed the Nitish Kumar Government for putting restrictions on the use of Gandhi Maidan till August 2009, saying that it was a ploy to scuttle his party’s plan to hold a massive rally on March 1.
“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar does not want my supporters to come to Patna. That’s why, booking of Gandhi Maidan has been stopped,” Lalu said, insisting that the decision had forced his party to alter the padyatra plan. “It is a cruel joke on the democratic system of the country,” he added.
Lalu was talking to newspersons at the State party office, where he had a long meeting with party brass to chalk out a new schedule for the proposed padyatra.
“We now propose to hold the padytra at the divisional level. In each of the nine divisions, we will have a big rally. I will address all of them,” the RJD chief, flanked by his supporters, said. It was after a long gap that Lalu had visited the State party office to hold discussion on a number of issues.
In fact, the RJD chief maintained that the renovation work of Gandhi Maidan was just an excuse, as the Government had enough time to take up such work earlier. He said during the RJD rule, the historic ground had been given a facelift, but now the ground had become dirty due to negligence of the administration.
Lalu said during the padyatra, workers would expose the failures of the Nitish Government, especially the non-utlisation of Central funds in development schemes.
Incidentally, the RJD chief supported the strike of non-gazetted employees (NGEs) stressing that there demand for wages at par with the Central Government’s revised pay scale was justified.
“The State Government has taken an adamant stand towards the striking NGEs. If we come to power in Bihar, we will surely fulfill the demands of all non-gazetted employess,” he said.