After LS bypoll victory, Lalu says Nitish's downfall is 'imminent'
Emboldened by the emphatic win in Maharajganj bypoll, RJD chief Lalu Prasad today dubbed the win of his party's candidate as "A victory of the people of Bihar as well as a mandate reflecting the rejection of the faulty policies and misrule of the Nitish government".Updated: Jun 05, 2013, 17:38 IST
Emboldened by the emphatic win in Maharajganj byelection, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday dubbed the win of his party's candidate Prabhunath Singh in the bypoll as "A victory of the people of Bihar as well as a mandate reflecting the rejection of the faulty policies and misrule of the Nitish Kumar government".
“People of Bihar have rejected Nitish and it is a big setback for him. This is not a defeat of JD(U) candidate PK Shahi but that of the chief minister, who had literally begged the people for the seat as a reward for his development work. Now, Nitish 's downfall is imminent,” said a beaming Prasad, while talking to newsmen in Patna.
The RJD chief also emphasized, that the bypoll result should not be seen in isolation as a victory of the RJD in Maharajganj, but in the perspective of the growing unpopularity of the chief minister.
He claimed, the people of Bihar are fed up with the misrule in the state and the complete collapse in key sectors like education, power, besides law and order.
In the same vein, Lalu said the Maharajganj bypoll result with a huge margin of over 1 lakh votes had also broken the myth, that upper castes were not aligned with the RJD.
He observed that even in Goriakothi segment, where Bhumihars dominate, the Brahmarishi caste voted for the RJD comprehensively, even to the extent of leaving out its own casteman, PK Shahi.
“People of all castes from upper sections and backward classes including mahadalit, dalits , EBCs, all made up their mind to vote for the RJD and reject the JD(U)-BJP coalition. They (NDA) had along derived political mileage by creating a fear psychosis among upper castes about me and the RJD. This isn't working anymore as Lalu is acceptable to all, now,” he said, even as he dared the chief minister to clarify his stand on the BJP's projection of Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi as the PM candidate of the NDA for 2014.
“BJP has already made its stand clear on projecting Modi as the PM candidate. Now, Nitish who had been talking big on secularism should clarify his stand, whether he wants to stay in the NDA or walk out of it,” Prasad said.
Asked about the JD(U) candidate Shahi's statement, that the BJP cadres did not fulfil its coalition dharma, Lalu said, "It is an internal matter of the ruling dispensation".
He added, “When somebody loses, they talk all sorts of thing,” he said.
Despite emphasising that the RJD was now battle ready to take on the communal forces by the horn, the RJD chief was a bit evasive to queries on whether his party would go for a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and whether he appreciated its decision to field a nominee in the Maharajganj polls.
“Congress is an all India party. We have been supporting the UPA-II from outside and also supported the Congress all along. In next six months, we will cobble a front of all secular forces to ensure, that the communal forces do not come to power at the Centre in the coming general polls,” he said,.
Pushed by the media for his take on chief minister Nitish Kumar's observation, that the Maharajganj win of RJD was nothing big as the party held the seat, Prasad said, the comment showed the rising frustration of the JD(U) strongman.
If that is so, why was the chief minister camping in Maharajganj for three days at a stretch and put all his trusted lieutenants and a galaxy of leaders to ensure the win of the party,” Prasad wondered.