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Rabri scoffs at NDA challenge

Dismissed for long as her husband?s puppet, former chief minister of Bihar sure has learnt to pack a punch. She speaks on the prospect of RJD in Bihar.

india Updated: Oct 26, 2005 19:41 IST

How many seats will the RJD-led alliance get in this assembly election?
What do you mean by how many seats? We will get an absolute majority.

Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan has claimed that the RJD’s ‘jungle raj’ will soon come to an end. Your comments.
The voters have not forgotten how Paswan had joined hands with railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav in the 2004 parliamentary polls. When it suited him, he called the RJD chief a lion. Now, he claims there is a jungle raj in Bihar. Isn’t that contradictory?

Not only Paswan, but BJP president L.K. Advani has also predicted the beginning of the Nitish era on November 22. BJP state president Sushil Kumar Modi is confident that your days are numbered. What do you have to say to that?
The people of Bihar have already seen Nitish Kumar's seven-day rule. Advani was the Union home minister then. Governor V.C. Pande did make a mistake of inviting him to form the government but Nitish didn't have the requisite support and had to resign.

As for comments being made by the NDA leaders, all I can say is that we came from poor families and are still poor. We believe in helping the poor. Laluji's joined politics when he comes from a family of charwahas (shepherds). I was a housewife before I became chief minister. There are some people who have always had derogatory remarks for us.

Sushil Modiji called me a dumb woman when I became the CM, others called me an illiterate woman.

But every time we are humiliated, the people of the state give a befitting reply to our detractors by showering us with more respect.

There is speculation in the media that the coming assembly poll will again throw up a hung assembly. Do you agree?
The media has always been unkind to us. In the last 15 years, it has never highlighted the good work done by the RJD. But the fact is that it can't ensure victory or defeat for any political block.

First Published: Oct 26, 2005 19:41 IST