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RJD chief Lalu keen to campaign for Cong in Gujarat assembly poll, fishes for invitation

It is a matter of speculation as to whether Prasad would get an invitation from Congress given that the RJD chief has not shared a warm relationship with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, heading the party campaign.

patna Updated: Oct 29, 2017 19:12 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
RJD chief Lalu Prasad answering reporters’ questions in Patna on Sunday.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad answering reporters’ questions in Patna on Sunday. (Santosh/HT photo)

Unfazed by troubles with the CBI in cases of corruption, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is now keen on canvassing for his ‘ally’, the Congress, to facilitate the defeat the BJP in the crucial assembly polls in the western state next month.

On Sunday, Prasad told reporters he would like to campaign for the Congress candidates in Gujarat polls, if the grand old party extends him an invitation to join the electioneering.. Congress is an ally of the RJD in Bihar with both the parties being part of the grand alliance, formed before the 2015 assembly polls.

Since then, the JD (U), also part of the alliance, has exited it and joined the BJP-led NDA.

Still, it is a matter of speculation as whether Prasad would get an invitation from Congress given that RJD chief has not shared a warm relationship with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is steering the campaign for his party in Gujarat where BJP has been power since 1995.

Prasad took a dig at the JD (U) leadership for its decision to contest the assembly polls in Gujarat without any alliance with ally, BJP. “In Bihar, too, the JD (U) and BJP would contest polls separately,” he said, implying that the JD(U)-BJP alliance would not last till the next parliamentary polls.

On the hooch tragedy in Rohtas district of south western Bihar, that claimed at least four lives on Saturday, Prasad said the incident was the outcome of prohibition laws in the state being flouted with impunity in connivance with police officials.

“Prohibition in the state is a big flop. Liquor is being delivered at homes. The entire racket is running with the tacit support of the administration and police,” Prasad said.

More importantly, the RJD chief announced that he would hold rallies in all districts on November 8 to highlight how de-monetisation of high value currency notes last year had allegedly ruined the country’s economy and caused umpteen difficulties for the common man.

“There are no jobs in the country. Farmers are distressed while the industrialists and traders are reeling under the impact of note ban and GST. There is all round chaos in the country,” he said.

The RJD chief said he had held at his residence on Saturday a meeting with representatives of 18 political parties opposed to the BJP and chalked out the strategy to make the district rallies a success on November 8.