Will support Dalit for PM, says Lalu
RJD chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday said he backed steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s stand that the country should get a Dalit prime minister now. Anirban Guha Roy reports.Updated: Feb 02, 2009, 00:21 IST
RJD chief and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad on Sunday said he backed steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s stand that the country should get a Dalit prime minister now.
He also said Paswan should lead the UPA in Bihar.
“We would like to see a Dalit as prime minister. We will wholeheartedly support any such move,” Lalu told reporters at the state party office.
Paswan had made a pitch for the country’s top job and the leadership of the UPA in Bihar in an interview to Hindustan Times on Sunday.
“My friend Lalu Prasadji has run the full course,” he had said. “It’s time I lead the UPA in Bihar and if given the chance, the country.”
Lalu doesn’t seem to mind the open challenge. In fact, he has welcomed Paswan to take over.
He also didn’t have a problem with Paswan’s demand of 20 seats in the arrangement with the RJD and Congress. “Paswan is a big force in Bihar,” Lalu said.
“He is justified in demanding the seats.”
And if Paswan wanted to go it alone in the polls, that too was fine with the railway minister.
“For that matter, if the Congress wants to contest all seats alone across the country, can I stop it?” he said.