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Lalu to skip Holi for polls

Patna, March 14: Focused on polls, Lalu Prasad will not celebrate Holi this year despite being in town.

“The Election Commission is watching everything,” the RJD chief said. This would be the first instance of Lalu not celebrating Holi though he is in Patna.

Poll panel-weary Lalu did not forget to greet the people of Bihar on the occasion, though. He also appealed to all sections of the society to celebrate Holi peacefully.

Lalu’s Holi used to be a much-hyped affair and was called “Kapra phaad Holi (tear clothes Holi)”. Since losing power in the state, he preferred to stay in New Delhi on the occasion.

The RJD chief declared that the response of the crowd so far in his public meetings had been very encouraging. “I see a 1990-like wave,” he said.

Stressing that he was addressing only two to three public meetings a day now, Lalu said he would increase his pace and address eight meetings a day as the elections come near. “People will vote for my party not the candidates,” he said.

Terming the JD(U) and the BJP bankrupt parties, Lalu said: “The two do not have candidates and are taking away my leaders.”

Attacking former minister Shakuni Choudhary, who recently left him and joined the JD(U), Lalu said: “When Shakuni was in the RJD, he used to say Lalu is a lion. Now he calls me a traitor.”

He also ridiculed the claims of another defector, Abu Kaiser, who joined the JD(U) recently and claimed that the RJD chief had talked with Narendra Modi four times through Kaiser’s mobile.

“Kaiser is a builder who was denied a ticket by me. So, he is hurling all sorts of baseless charges at me,” Lalu said.

Talking about his former close aide Ram Kripal Yadav, Lalu said he would not even dream of touching the feet of BJP president Rajnath Singh. “Ram Kripal has joined the BJP. He is not in swarg (heaven),” Lalu said.

Taking a jibe at the national president of the JD(U), Lalu said: “Sharad Yadav does not have the courage to face his leaders. He is rushing off to Delhi to announce the names of his candidates from Bihar.”

Speaking about the move of the CBI director, Ranjit Sinha, to drop charges against him in three fodder scam cases, Lalu said his petition that under Article 300 a person cannot be punished for the same crime twice was pending before Jharkhand High Court. He said he had full faith in the judiciary.