| Lalu Prasad addresses the rally at Imamganj on Saturday. Picture by Suman |
Gaya, April 5: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today announced that if the RJD-Congress alliance comes to power, the Maoists would be brought to the mainstream.
He was addressing an election campaign rally with Nikhil Kumar, the Congress candidate from the Aurangabad parliamentary constituency at Gandhi Maidan in Imamganj, around 75km south of the Gaya district headquarters.
The Maoists have, meanwhile, geared up to resort to violence during the polls. During a combing operation yesterday, a road opening team, comprising CRPF and the district armed police jawans, recovered 27 can bombs planted in series under the unmetalled road from Pakri Guriya to Kothilawa under Imamganj police station. A huge quantity of explosives, including pipe bombs and tiffin bombs, was also recovered during the operation.
Confirming the recovery, Gaya senior superintendent of police (SSP) Nishant Kumar Tiwary said: “The place from where can bombs were recovered is around 7km northeast of today’s (Saturday) rally venue. Security personnel recovered two tiffin bombs and some pipe bombs.”
During the rally, Lalu said: “Nitish Kumar is a plant of my orchard but he went with the BJP. Now, he has parted ways with the BJP. Ram Vilas Paswan has also entered into an alliance with the BJP, which would meet the same fate.”
Lalu also offered sops for teachers, Anganwadi and accredited social health activists (Asha) by promising them an increase in remuneration.
The Maoists have already pasted posters at several places in Gaya district, including Imamganj, Kothi, Dumaria and Raushanganj police station areas, calling for poll boycott.
The rebels pasted posters in Milki and Tilora villages under Wazirganj police station, around 35km east of the Gaya district headquarters, today. The station house officer of Wazirganj police station removed the posters.
The rebels have threatened to shut down the election offices of different political parties in Dumaria block of Gaya district. Following the diktat, party offices, including that of JD(U) at Majhauliya bazaar have been closed. Campaign vehicles have come to a halt in the villages of Dumaria block.