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Wednesday , October 10 , 2012
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Lalu dig at Nitish stay

RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Tuesday said chief minister Nitish Kumar should follow Rahul Gandhi’s footsteps and stay with villagers to understand their problems.

“If Nitish is really concerned about the people, he should act like Rahul who not only ate with the downtrodden but also spent days with them to make out what troubles them at the grassroots level,” Lalu said while criticising the chief minister for not putting up at circuit houses during his Adhikar Yatra. “Why should he stay at private residences? A chief minister should always stay at public place. As a political leader he must find accommodation in circuit house only.”

He added: “Nitish must tell us how much he is spending on accommodation during his Adhikar Yatra. He keeps on attacking me but he is not aware that people have understood him very well. He is just doing drama, not allowing people wearing black clothes in his rallies. Ek taraf adhikar maang raha hai aur dusri taraf logo ka adhikar chheen raha hai (On one hand, Nitish is asking for rights and on the other, he is taking away rights of the people).”

While addressing the media at 10, Circular Road, Lalu said: “I heard that during a public meeting in Munger, Nitish said he does not have any family and the people of this state are his family members. Isn’t he a liar? He has son Nishant, sister, elder brother and sister-in-law?”

He added: “He is set to lose power now and protest against the Nitish government has started across the state. Nitish’s claims that he had made roads in Bihar are also a bunch of lies. All the roads are being under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. He should not take the credit for that.”

Raising the pitch, Lalu said: “Every now and then, Nitish says that he is sitting on a chair full of thorns. Why doesn’t he leave the chair then? He is the biggest thug I have ever seen in my life. He is just fooling people in the name of special status to the state. Only the National Development Council (NDC), of which Nitish is also a member, can decide it. There are set parameters and accordingly any state can get special status.”

About his name figuring in the Khagaria incident with Rajya Sabha MP Ram Kripal Yadav, Lalu said: “Nitish is using tools like Special Investigating Team (SIT) for his own interest and also to divert attention from several issues.”