| Rabri Devi and (right) Lalu Prasad at the meeting in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Patna, June 5: Lalu Prasad today declared the withdrawal of his party’s support to the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led JDU government, asserting that Nitish Kumar and his men had insulted his (Lalu’s) commitment against the communal and fascist forces.
“We had unconditionally supported the JDU government to keep the communal forces at bay. But an arrogant Nitish and his men have interpreted it as my greed to send either my wife Rabri Devi or daughter Misa Bharti to the Rajya Sabha,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad told his party workers while addressing a meeting at 10 Circular Road.
Lalu had earlier announced the unconditional support a day before the new chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, faced a trust vote to prove his majority in the Assembly. Though the government has the strength needed to cross the majority mark of 119, the RJD’s support had given an additional shot in the arm to Manjhi.
Lalu had called the meeting to review the performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections and also to discuss the future strategy. The meeting was attended by all general election candidates, districts presidents and office-bearers of block and panchayat levels.
While addressing in the meeting, Lalu also said Nitish’s party lost deposits in 25 Lok Sabha constituencies whereas the RJD did it in one constituency — West Champaran. “Nitish was not fighting against the communal and fascist forces; he was fighting against me. It led to lose his deposits in 25 Lok Sabha constituencies,” said Lalu.
Leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Rabri Devi, Prabunath Singh, Raghunath Jha were present also. However, Misa Bharti, who lost from Pataliputra Lok Sabha constituency, was not present.
Lalu also took a dig at Nitish’s resignation as chief minister and termed it “drama”.
“The sacrifice of resigning from the post of chief minister is just a mere drama. It was proved from the resolution which JDU state president Basishthan Narayan Singh read out that in 2015, if once again mandate would be given to the party, Nitish will become the chief minister,” he said.
The RJD chief also said that the party would continue its alliance with the Congress. “We are not looking here and there,” he added.
At the same time, Lalu stressed upon making preparation for the 2015 Assembly elections and said his party would organise another meeting on July 5 (RJD foundation day) in Vaishali where the forthcoming Assembly elections would be discussed.