Lallan accuses Nitish of taking RSS help
Dissident JD (U) leader Rajesh Ranjan alias Lallan Singh has accused chief minister Nitish Kumar of distributing tickets of Shiv Sena for the fifth and sixth phase of polls.
"Nitish has become so desperate after witnessing the trend in the first four phases that he has given tickets to upper castes on the Shiv Sena banner so that some of the upper caste votes shift towards the Shiv Sena candidates and not Congress. This will benefit the NDA candidates,” he said. JD (U) leaders appeared unhappy over the charge. “Lallan had assured the Congress leaders that he would ensure upper castes, particularly the Bhumihars, vote for the Congress. Now that it has not happened, he needs an alibi,” said a JD (U) MP. He said Lallan was anxious over the possibility of the party moving for his disqualification from the Lok Sabha because he had openly campaigned for the Congress candidates.
It’s a do-or-die time for politicians of Bihar. Not even festivals like Diwali can stop them. Chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will be addressing public meetings on Friday. But RJD boss Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan have decided to take a day off. While Lalu will remain in Patna, Paswan will be flying to Delhi to celebrate Diwali. “It just proves that the NDA is getting desperate,” an RJD leader told his friend in the rival JD (U) camp. “There is another way of looking at it. Lalu and Paswan may have given up,” his friend replied.
Two rounds of polls are yet to be conducted but talks of post-poll alliances have started. State Congress chief Mehmood Ali Qaiser said he was sure of his party getting a majority. But if need be, he was ready to sit in the Opposition. “We will try to form a government led by the Congress,” he said. RJD leaders were hardly amused over his remarks. “The Congress is living in a fools' paradise. It does not have any support in Bihar. The mass support is with the RJD-LJP alliance,” said former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. In 2000, the Congress supported the RJD on the condition that all its MLAs would be made ministers. “But this talk is like counting your chickens before they hatch,” said a senior Congress leader.
The crackers named after Lalu Prasad, Rabri Devi and Nitish Kumar have disappeared from the market. A cracker seller in Patna City was flooded with requests from people (mostly reporters) for crackers named after these politicians. TV channels featured this person speaking about the popularity of firecrackers bearing the names of Lalu and Nitish. But 10 days on, these crackers were absent from his stall. “It's a part of salesmanship,” he told a section of the reporters, stressing that only a few packets of crackers with the names of politicians printed on them were made. The man has been doing it for the past one decade. It may not have resulted into popularity growth of the politicians but it appears to have helped the cracker seller in doing good business.