The RJD chief, Lalu Prasad, on Friday pulled an impressive crowd at Raipura’s small hamlet in Saran Lok Sabha constituency despite saddled with revolt in his party over allotting the party ticket to his daughter Misa Bharati.
Lalu addressed over 6,000 people against sparse turnout at chief minister Nitish Kumar’s meetings at Bhagwanpur and Baraharia in the same Saran division. Emboldened at the desired presence, Lalu thundered: “The alliance between the Congress and RJD has brought social cohesiveness. There was all pervading wave in RJD’s favour. The communal forces will be wiped out in the ensuing elections.”
Addressing a campaign meeting at Raipura, the RJD chief warned the people against siding with the communal forces.
“The country will disintegrate in the event of the communal forces (read BJP) occupying the centre stage. Stay vigilant against the divisive forces trying to raise their heads in the state and country,” he said.
He said young voters have grown far in number in Bihar. “But both the BJP and the JD(U) together have cheated upon them. They have not created job opportunities for the youth despite ruling the state together for over seven years. Now, they are doing the drama of contesting separately,” he said.
Lalu’s son, Tejaswi, said his father was the real “messiah of the poor”. The party strongman and MP from Maharajganj, Prabhunath Singh called upon the people to stay united behind the RJD.
The RJD has fielded Prabhunath and Lalu’s wife, Rabri Devi in Maharajganj and Chhapra, respectively.
Despite putting a brave face, everything was not well with Lalu and his party. There were reports coming in from New Delhi that Misa’s efforts to assuage senior party leader Ram Kripal Yadav at his New Delhi residence failed. She went to meet Ram Kripal at his home but the latter left the place before Misa reached. Sources said some senior BJP leaders were in “touch” with Ram Kripal.