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RJD eyes bid to topple coalition

Ranchi, Jan. 6: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a fringe player in Jharkhand, today called a meeting of its district presidents and office-bearers to discuss plans in tune with the uncertain political scenario, aiming to overthrow the BJP government without any hasty move.

“We have already clarified at the very beginning that an alliance with the JMM was not possible unless it fully parted ways with the BJP. But, as the JMM still appears to be in a fix, we have to concentrate more on strengthening our party organisation. In any case, this government is not going to last long,” said RJD state president Girinath Singh.

He maintained that the party’s organisational elections in Jharkhand were almost complete. The RJD national president’s elections will be held in Patna on January 20. Thereafter, its state executive body meeting will be held in Ranchi in the first week of February.

“Our new agenda of the political campaigns in Jharkhand will be finalised after thorough discussions at the proposed executive body meeting and intensive mass campaigns will be launched accordingly. We will also request our national president to lead the campaigns (in Jharkhand),” Singh added.

Replying to another question, he said that “upholding secularism and social justice” was the RJD’s motto, adding that to realise it, the party identified toppling the BJP government as one of the most important challenges.

Singh stressed that the RJD was ready to join hands with every secular force to teach appropriate lessons to the BJP.

“But we can do little on our own in Jharkhand. We have only five members in the Vidhan Sabha. We have to wait and watch what the other secular forces are doing and also begin our preparations for the next Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections,” he added.

Incidentally, the RJD had supported the Shibu Soren government in 2005, which failed to prove majority on the Floor of the House. Singh was a minister in the government, which somehow pulled on for barely nine days.

It had also given outside support to the Madhu Koda government in 2006 and later to the Shibu Soren regime in 2008.

It is also being speculated that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad held several secret meetings with JMM legislature party leader Hemant Soren and certain senior leaders of the BJP ally in recent months, ostensibly to prod the latter to part with the ruling coalition.

Lalu Prasad is also said to have tried to persuade Congress heavyweights to support the bid to overthrow the BJP-led government in Jharkhand.