| RJD chief Lalu Prasad addresses an election meeting in Bettiah on Monday. Picture by Awadh Kishor Tiwari |
Bettiah, March 10: Lalu Prasad said the “nation is passing through a phase of acute communal crisis” and people have to decide whether they want to favour Nathuram Godse and his ideology or secularism and communal harmony.
Without naming anyone regarding this, Lalu said during his first election meeting here today: “They are out to bring back a situation of nationwide unrest what the country had to face in 1947. Without thinking of the consequences or the throne, I have always tried to honour the poor and downtrodden because it is a proven truth that economical liberty could be literally possible only after getting rid of mental slavery.”
Later, the RJD chief also addressed a public meeting in Kesariya in the neighbouring East Champaran district.
Communal forces are out to grab the helm of power in New Delhi, he said. On Sonia Gandhi, Lalu said: “For secular forces, she is bahu (daughter-in-law) of this country more than a foreigner. Although the fodder scam was unearthed still some people forged a conspiracy to falsely implicate me in the case.”
On breaking the alliance between the BJP and the JD(U), Lalu said “divorce was usually imminent in such cases where suitability of match in both the partners was not properly discussed before marriage”. He also charged the JD(U) candidate from Bettiah, Prakash Jha, for grabbing land of the poor in the district.
Lalu also formally announced the name of Raghunth Jha as the party’s candidate from Bettiah and did not break his silence on the Motihari seat.
Comparing chief minister Nitish Kumar with a “cockroach”, Lalu said corruption has broken its previous records and police had been left unbridled in the “unprecedented misrule of the present government” in Bihar.