| Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a poll meeting in Bhagalpur. Picture by Amit Kumar |
Union law minister and senior state BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday called upon voters not to get influenced by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad’s pseudo approaches.
Addressing a poll meeting at the TNB Collegiate School grounds in the afternoon, the Union minister introduced himself thus: “Do you know me or have you heard my name? I am Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Patna High Court lawyer for whom Lalu Prasad went to jail in the fodder scam case.”
He said, two senior leaders (Lalu and Nitish) who fought pitched battles during Lok Sabha polls have now joined hands with the Congress to derail Bihar. “Have you watched how Dabangg was followed by Dabangg 2? Now Jungle Raj 1 is already here and the duo are ready to show you Jungle Raj 2 while taking your valuable votes,” he said. He said Bihar is looking for change, but Lalu and Nitish with help from the Congress, want to establish old social evils. In contrast, the prime minister had taken several steps in Bihar’s interest, Ravi Shankar said. “The general budget provided an IIM to the state and a textile cluster for development of weavers in Bhagalpur,” he said.
Addressing a poll meeting, BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav said the “Mahagathbandan (RJD, JDU and Congress alliance)” is actually a “Mahathagbandhan (a big fraud)”.
Jamui MP Chirag Paswan (LJP) said Sonia or Rahul Gandhi were not inviting Lalu to poll meetings because of the fodder scam case. “Do you have faith in leaders like Lalu whose misdeeds have already been exposed,” he asked.
A BJP press note said Ravi Shankar and Sushil Kumar Modi would campaign for NDA candidates in Hajipur and Chhapra on Monday.
Madhepura’s RJD MP Pappu Yadav said at poll meeting in Bari Khanjarpur that the BJP won Lok Sabha polls by projecting a golden dream and is now trying the same for the bypolls. He blamed the public for the state of affairs “They removed leaders like Lalu or Nitish. What were their faults?”