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Lalu snubs NaMo

Ranchi, March 23: RJD boss and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad today formally launched his party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in Jharkhand with two impressive public meetings at Bhavnathpur and Majhiaon in Palamau district.

Canvassing in support of party candidate Manoj Kumar Bhuiyan from the Palamau constituency — the only seat the RJD is contesting in the state, Lalu said there was no “NaMo wave” anywhere in the country and urged the gathering to vote for the UPA.

“Manoj is a poor man. He has no money. Just help him out. We have to be united to fight out communal forces. I stopped Advani’s rath. Now, I will again stop their rath marching towards Delhi. Maybe, we are mounted on cows, buffaloes and goats, but the crown is ours,” said Lalu, who cannot contest the elections following his conviction in a fodder scam case last year.

In his typical style of sarcasm, he added, “We are bulldozers and will crush all communal and divisive forces coming in our way. These people have thrived on powder milk, we drink pure milk.”

Continuing in the same breath, Lalu said, “The country badly needs a secular government that will ensure justice for all and all-round growth for every section of society.”

Targeting the JVM supremo, the RJD chief said Babulal Marandi was earlier associated with the BJP. “He (Marandi) had incited social tension in the name of domicile policy in the state. He is an opportunist and people need to be careful,” Lalu alleged.

The JVM has fielded former RJD MP Ghuran Ram from the constituency.


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