Lalu dares PM Modi to dissolve parl, hold simultaneous LS and state polls

The popular mood in the country was turning against the BJP-led national democratic alliance government at the centre, the Rashtriya Janata Dal president claimed at a press meet in Patna.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2017 09:46 IST
Anirban Guha Roy
Anirban Guha Roy
Hindustan Times, Patna
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad addressing a press conference in Patna, on Sunday. (AP Dube/HT photo)

PATNA RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on Sunday, dared PM Narendra Modi to dissolve parliament and hold simultaneously, elections to the lok sabha and state assemblies for which they will become due within one year. This, he said, would give the BJP the real taste of the popular mood.

He also accused the BJP of pushing the idea of simultaneous polls, in the name of electoral reforms, just to grab power in states ruled by regional parties, such as Bihar, West Bengal, Tamilnadu and Kerala. Assembly polls are due in BJP ruled Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , Gujarat and Chattishgarh and Congress ruled Karnataka, in 2017 and 2018.

Prasad’s assertions came during a press conference at which he attacked PM Modi and BJP led NDA government at the centrei, on completion of its three years in power. “The country had slipped into anarchy and is on the brink of breaking down due to the divisive politics being pursued by BJP’s and its parent body, the RSS”, he said.

Prasad said the PM’s only achievement in last three years was his transformation into an autocrat and quashing any dissension within the BJP. by advising party MPs to become his ‘Hanuman’. “We know Hanuman used to be loyal to Lord Ram and never asked questions”, he said.

The RJD chief, facing attack from the BJP for amassing huge wealth through dubious means, accused the Modi-led central government of failing to address issues of unemployment, national security, economic stability and repatriation of black money from foreign shores.

Prasad said the BJP’s big claim of improving internal security was a farce. In this context, he highlighted how CRPF jawans were killed at Sukma in Chhatishgarh by Maoists and accused PM Modi of failing to handle the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and to safeguard the lives of army jawans.

“During the UPA’s tenure at the centre, only a single incident of beheading of a soldier took place whereas now we have had so many such incidents,” he said. The BJP double speak was rvident in its decision to form government in J & K with the PDP, which had decribed parliament attack accused Afzal Guru as a ‘martryr’.

“Even the BJP’s so called cow protection drive is an eyewash as beef export has increased manifold in recent years ,” he said.

Prasad also demanded dismissal of the BJP government in Haryana over the recent incident wherein a girl was raped, murdered and her body was mutilated.

About the presidential poll, Prasad said his party would support a consensus candidate decided together with like-minded secular parties. He predicted the BJP would lose the 2019 Lok sabha poll for its non-perfomance and creating a fear psychosis in the country.

He said the opposition rally he was organising at Patna’s Gandhi maidan on August 27, would help form an umbrella coaltion of secular forces to take on the BJP in the 2019 LS poll.


The PM’s only achievement in last three years is his transformation into an autocrat and quashing any dissension within the BJP by advising party MPs to become his ‘Hanuman’

Lalu Prasad, RJD chief

First Published: May 14, 2017 21:00 IST