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Poll verdict shows Lalu destructive man: Uma

The BJP leader demanded resignation and apology from PM Manmohan Singh for describing Lalu as man of development.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2005 13:24 IST

Elated over NDA victory in Bihar, BJP leader Uma Bharati on Tuesday said the electoral verdict proved that Lalu Prasad was a "destructive man" and demanded resignation and apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for describing the RJD chief as a man of development.

Bharati, who was BJP's Joint In-Charge of campaigning in the state, said the poll result had provided a "ray of hope" for the "hapless, impoverished and fear-stricken people" of Bihar.

"The election result will definitely have an impact on the central UPA government as it had used all its might for the sake of Lalu Prasad," the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister said in New Delhi.

"The Manmohan Singh government used Bihar Governor Buta Singh every way to meet Lalu's demands," she alleged.

Recalling that the Prime Minister had described Lalu as a "vikas purush" at a rally in Bihar, Bharati said "the people of the state had proved that he (Lalu) is not so but is a 'vinash purush'."

She said the Prime Minister should now "apologise" and "resign" because a "person like him has spoken such a big lie".

Hailing Nitish Kumar as an able administrator and leader, Bharati said he faced a crucial challenge of ridding the people of problems and provide an efficient government.

"The situation created over the last 16 years has to be corrected and I am confident that Nitish Kumar will rise to the expectations," she said.

First Published: Nov 22, 2005 13:24 IST