RJD chief Lalu Prasad at an election rally in Chhatarpur near Palamau on Thursday. PTI
Ranchi, April 3: Former Bihar chief minister and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today claimed that his conviction in a fodder scam case was a “conspiracy by the elite” to tarnish his image, while retorting to BJP’s prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi’s remark yesterday on Congress-RJD ties.
“The fodder scam was a conspiracy hatched by the elite against me as my party works for the poor to ensure social justice,” he told an election rally at Hussainabad in the Palamau Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls on April 10.
“But I am not afraid. I have full faith in the judiciary and will come out unscathed,” said Lalu, who is out on bail in the fodder scam case.
Yesterday, Modi too held an election rally in Palamau, where he taunted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for joining hands with “tainted” leaders like Lalu Prasad.
The RJD chief, while campaigning for party candidate Manoj Bhuiyan today, returned the favour in his own style. “The BJP’s illusion over Modi will fade away soon. People of Palamau may be poor, but they are not fool. They have always voted for secular forces.”
“Modi seems to have forgotten that I had stopped L.K. Advani’s rath in 1990s. Today, the country is heading towards another major crisis. But, let me assure you that Modi’s dream of becoming the Prime Minister will never come true,” he added.
Lalu, who also addressed rallies in Chhatarpur and Ranka, urged the electorate to save the nation from “communal” hands of the BJP and protect the country’s social fabric.
“Modi has gone to Banaras (Varanasi) to take a dip in the Ganga and wash the sins he committed in Gujarat. After creating communal disturbances, he is now eyeing the Prime Minister’s chair. But, we will never let him succeed,” he thundered.
Attacking his rival Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Lalu said, “Nitish Kumar aligned with the BJP and later ditched it. He is a traitor by nature.”
He also criticised LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan for forging alliance with the BJP.