Lalu and Nitish slam Shah over BJP campaigning for OBC vote
Just a day after the grand Janata alliance registered a poor show in the Council polls to 24 local authorities constituency, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and chief minister, Nitish Kumar on Saturday launched a broadside on BJP president Amit Shah, saying the latter’s claim of giving India it’s first OBC prime minister in Narendra Modi was a ‘white lie’.patna Updated: Jul 12, 2015 11:50 IST
Just a day after the grand Janata alliance registered a poor show in the Council polls to 24 local authorities constituency, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and chief minister, Nitish Kumar on Saturday launched a broadside on BJP president Amit Shah, saying the latter’s claim of giving India it’s first OBC prime minister in Narendra Modi was a ‘white lie’.
“It is I who gave India its first OBC prime minister by supporting Deve Gowda for the top post in 1996. Amit Shah and BJP are experts in twisting facts,” Prasad said even as Kumar, was as terse, saying, “The BJP lies know no bounds, and it has conveniently forgotten history, while claiming Modi to be an EBC with garbled facts.
The RJD chief, whose party won four seats in the Grand Alliance, also rubbished the theory that he had failed to transfer his base votes to alliance candidates, which lead to the poor show.
“This is a wrong notion. The Council poll results has little significance, as voters in this election are mainly panchayat representatives and not general electorate,” he said, adding, “The results should not be taken as indicator of poll trends for coming assembly polls”.
The RJD chief ’s attack on BJP today was seen contextually as borne out of fear of the RJD-JD(U) combine losing out on their traditional support base of OBC and EBC classes in light of the saffron camp’s big win through social engineering.
In recent times, Prasad has also charged the BJP with playing the ‘Mandal card’ by projecting itself as a party committed to uplift of weaker sections, just to gain power in caste ridden Bihar and UP.
“Why is the BJP always harping on PM Modi’s backward caste background? If the BJP and Centre is so concerned about backward sections, they should publicise the caste census?” Prasad said, even as he claimed that PM Modi’s caste was included in the backward classes modified list of Gujarat in year 2000 when BJP was in power in the western state and Centre.
“The very fact that Modi keeps on harping on his backward status evokes lot of suspicion. It very rare that leaders from backward classes go public about their caste,” Prasad averred, insinuating that the BJP was only talking about backwards just to garner votes.
On the arrest of heavyweight JD(U) sitting MLA from Tarari, Sunil Pandey, the RJD chief said the law was taking its own course and nobody was above the law.
“The skeletons of big heavyweights are now coming out of the cupboard. The person who was arrested today is a history sheeter,” Prasad said.
First Published: Jul 12, 2015 11:39 IST