Akhilesh-Maya alliance to spell doom for BJP in 2019, says Lalu; fears jail before RJD rally
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Akhilesh-Maya alliance to spell doom for BJP in 2019, says Lalu; fears jail before RJD rally

This combination will prove a winning bet for the anti-BJP forces in UP and will oust the saffron party from power at the centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, said Prasad, at RJD’s 21st foundation day event in Patna.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2017 18:49 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Patna
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad speaking at foundation day function of his party in Patna on Wednesday. (AP Dube/HT photo)

PATNA Predicting fresh political alignment in the opposition camp, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on Wednesday, said joining of forces by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati in Uttar Pradesh was ‘imminent’ and would spell doom for the ruling BJP.

“This combination will prove a winning bet for the anti-BJP forces in UP which sends the maximum number of MPs (80) to the Lok Sabha. It will oust the saffron party from power at the centre in 2019 parliamentary poll”, said Prasad, while speaking at the RJD’s 21st foundation day event in Patna.

The RJD chief’s statement, just months after BJP’s landslide win in UP polls, where the party and its allies won 325 out of total 403 assembly seats, was significant in that it gave substance to the possibility of two big UP rivals coming together to take on the BJP in the 2019 poll.

Prasad had tried hard to broker unity among all anti-BJP parties on the pattern of the ‘Mahagatbandhan’ in Bihar, ahead of the UP assembly poll earlier this year but his efforts did not yield the desired results. While the SP and Congress forged an alliance, the BSP fought alone. Both lost badly to the BJP-led alliance.

The RJD chief, who has invited top opposition leaders to his August 27 Patna rally, christened ‘ BJP bhagao, Desh Bachao’ rally, said the possibility of BSP –SP unity was high and it would give the opposition a much needed boost to take on BJP across the country.

“ If we all come together, the BJP will be defeated in 2019 Lok Sabha poll,” he said.

Prasad said realizing the big threat a united opposition would pose to it, the BJP had started to discredit regional leaders like him, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, BSP chief Mayawati, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka and her son-in-law Robert Vadra, in the name of busting scams.

Vadra has been facing allegations of dubious land deals in Haryana and Delhi during the UPA’s stint in power at the centre while people close to Mamata are accused of involvement with dubious chit fund companies. Lalu and members of his family are facing heat for alleged acquisition of huge properties in an unexplained manner.

“The BJP wants to pack all of us in jail by discrediting us as promoters of scams. But I never fear incarceration. I want to throw out the BJP from power in the interest of the country and will never compromise on ideology,” Prasad said.

Asked why he had not named JD (U) president Nitish Kumar or Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in the list of leaders being targeted by the BJP, the RJD chief preferred to play evasive. Prasad has been peeved with Kumar’s support for NDA’s presidential pick Ram Nath Kovind. He also not known to be warm towards Rahul.

Prasad expressed fear he may be in jail before the August 27 rally “as a result of the BJP’s vendetta politics”. As such, he exhorted RJD workers to be prepared for any eventuality and make the rally a success. Prasad’s younger son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav also slammed the BJP for running a ‘misinformation campaign’ against his family and targeting his father because of his anti-BJP stand.

“From my childhood, I have seen CBI raids in my house . My sisters’ children are undergoing the same experience now,” he said, alluding to income tax raids on and questioning of his elder sister Misa Bharti over allegations of money laundering through shell companies, following ‘revelations’ made by BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi.

“Why haven’t ED and Income Tax authorities raided Sushil Modi’s premises despite our party levelling allegations against him of money laundering? This is case of partisan attitude of the central government,” he said.

Both Prasad and Tejashwi took digs at the BJP for not keeping 2014 Lok Sabha poll promises, be it of repatriation of black money from abroad, jobs to 2 crore youths each year or of giving a special package to Bihar. “The BJP has communalized the society. There is undeclared emergency in the country now and situation would turn so much worse that the people would forget highhandness during the 1975 emergency”, said Prasad.

The RJD chief said the BJP had declared Ram Nath Kovind as its presidential candidate with Gujarat polls in mind. “ Kovind belongs to Koli caste, categorised in UP as dalit but as OBC in Gujarat. Kolis are not happy with BJP in Gujarat. So, Kovind has been promoted as presidential candidate to woo the caste,” said Prasad.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 21:24 IST