Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad called the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a liars’ party that only dupes its voters with false promises.
“Do not trust the BJP as its leaders only tell lies,” he said at an election rally in Jharkhand’s Panki amid applause by people who had come from far and wide to listen to the maverick leader.
Panki in Palamu district is headed for bypoll on May 16 after sitting legislator Videsh Singh of Congress died of heart attack on March 29 .
His son, Devendra Singh Bittu, is claiming the seat and is banking heavily on the sympathy wave sweeping the constituency. Lalu had come to seek votes for him.
In his inimitable style, the RJD chief said, “We have thrown the BJP out of power in Bihar. We will do it in Jharkhand too.”
He asked the gathering to vote in favour of Bittu as only a non-BJP government can do well to the people of Jharkhand.
Lalu travelled to Chatra and met family members of a local TV journalist, Indra Deo Yadav who was shot dead last night. On Friday night, a journalist was shot dead in Siwan of Bihar where RJD is a part of the ruling alliance.
“Law and order is very grim in Jharkhand. Everyone is feeling unsafe here. Nothing better can be expected from this state government. Authorities are highly insensitive. Murders have become order of the day but no one is reacting,” Lalu said.
He assured justice to the family. “I will speak to the DGP and ask what is he doing to end the reckless murders,” he said.