| Lalu Prasad addresses a rally in Muzaffarpur on Tuesday. Picture by Lokesh Bihari |
Muzaffarpur, March 11: The RJD, Congress and NCP would hand the BJP a befitting electoral defeat in Bihar, thundered Lalu Prasad in Muzaffarpur today.
Addressing a gathering of 10,000 and odd people at the Police Line ground, the RJD chief regaled the people with his witty one-liners. He spoke for almost an hour from 3.45pm.
Lalu, who is out of the electoral fray himself for conviction in the fodder scam, took on chief minister Nitish Kumar at the public meeting.
Describing Nitish as the yaar (darling) of the BJP, Lalu said: “Nitish is incompetent to restrict the BJP as I know his clout. Sampardayik shakti ka chhati tod dena hai (One should take a vow to crush the chest of communal forces).”
Lalu adopted a repentant tone as he said: “Nitish is a tree planted by none other than me. He was a kid of my political school. But unfortunately, the tree has now turned face and takes root of babul (acacia tree).”
His attack on the chief minister made the audience, most of whom came from backward classes of society, break into peals of laughter.
Exhorting his core group of supporters — the Muslims and Yadavs — to stop the journey of Narendra Modi in his tracks to Delhi, Lalu said: “Nitish is now at daggers drawn with his old ally, the BJP. Only I have the courage, with the help of my voters belonging to Muslim, Yadav, Dalit and other sections of society, to put a brake on the chariot of dreams of Modi.”
Ramshresth Yadav, a resident of Gaighat, around 45km east of Muzaffarpur, said: “Lalu is a big leader for the poor. We like how he speaks against Modi.”
Cautioning the people against the designs of Modi, Lalu said the people should stay alert, as the nation was witnessing a divisive syndrome in the general election.
“I have been on a whirlwind tour of the states to awaken the people about the evil plans of the BJP. Modi is communal and he should not be allowed to rule the country at any cost,” said the RJD boss.