| Ram Kripal Yadav takes part in a Holi Milan function organised by BJP Kala Manch at the party office in Patna on Saturday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
Patna, March 15: Social justice and secularism on his lips, Ram Kripal Yadav today said he would ensure Narendra Modi wins in the race for 7 Race Course Road.
Ram Kripal, the BJP candidate from Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, termed Modi, the party’s prime ministerial candidate, “son of social justice”.
“People are casting aspersions on my credentials ever since I joined the BJP. Let me make it clear that I fought for the cause of social justice and secularism and would continue to do so even in future,” he told reporters here.
“If the ‘son of social justice’ (Modi is the son of a tea-seller) can be made a prime ministerial candidate, then why can’t I, whose father was a milkman, support him?” Ram Kripal said, adding: “We shall run a campaign to make Modi the next Prime Minister as people have great expectations from him.”
Ram Kripal was accompanied by recently elected MLCs Sanjay Mayukh and Suraj Nandan Kushwaha, legislators Arun Sinha, Asha Devi, Anil Kumar, Sanjay Singh “Tiger” and Nitin Navin, and media in-charge Ashok Bhatt, Rakesh Singh and Randhir Yadav.
Ram Kripal, once Lalu Prasad’s trusted lieutenant, quit the RJD, which he had nurtured for 17 years in his capacity as secretary general, after being denied a ticket from Pataliputra.
Ram Kripal joined the BJP on March 12 in the presence of party president Rajnath Singh in Delhi. He said he had received immense love, blessings and support from people, especially of Patna.
The BJP, which released a list of 25 candidates on Thursday, pitted Ram Kripal against Lalu’s eldest daughter Misa Bharati from the Pataliputra parliamentary seat.
Later, Ram Kripal, along with his supporters and key leaders, participated in a Holi Milan function organised by the party workers at the state BJP headquarters.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s eldest daughter Misa Bharati, the party’s candidate for the Pataliputra parliamentary seat, today received bail in a model code violation case.
Additional chief judicial magistrate, Danapur, in-charge Vijay Krishna Singh granted bail to Misa. The RJD chief’s daughter was booked on March 10 for holding a road show without prior permission from the Danapur sub-divisional officer. Her selection as the RJD candidate from Pataliputra led to resignation of senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Ram Kripal Yadav from the party.