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BJP’s Pak-shift advice to Lalu

- Sushil modi takes jibe at political future of RJD chief

Patna, May 2: Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday suggested RJD chief Lalu Prasad to go to Pakistan, as he had no political future in India.

Reacting to Lalu’s statement that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, should be sent to Pakistan, Sushil Modi said: “As Lalu is barred from contesting elections in India because of conviction, the RJD chief should go to Pakistan for making his political career.”

Lalu on Thursday had attacked Narendra Modi, saying that the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate should be sent to Pakistan and then only any question of destabilisation in Pakistan would arise.

Talking to reporters after the former RJD leader, Veena Shahi, joined the BJP, Modi said: “Lalu has been saying that he is very popular in Pakistan. It is high time that he goes to Pakistan and contests elections.”

Shahi, a minister in the Rabri Devi’s regime, joined the BJP in presence of the party’s state unit president, Mangal Pandey. Sources said Shahi would help the party gain strength in Vaishali, Muzaffarpur and Motihari regions having sizeable presence of Bhumihars, the caste to which Shahi belongs.

In another development, the BJP lodged a complaint with the state election commission against Lalu and demanded de-recognition of the RJD.

Pandey said: “Lalu has been using communal remarks, calling Narendra Modi jallad and kasai (butcher) to communalise the elections.”

Pandey also demanded that convicted politician Mohammad Shahabuddin, languishing at Siwan jail, should be shifted elsewhere because he had been making threat calls to voters. Shahabuddin’s wife Heena Shahab is an RJD candidate from Siwan.

Chouhan visit

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would be in the state on Saturday to campaign for the BJP candidates.

He would address rallies at Sheohar, Saran and Gopalganj. Sheohar and Saran will vote on May 7, while Gopalganj will go to the polls on May 12.