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What is Narendra Modi? He is nothing: Lalu Prasad at Jan Vishwas Maharally in Patna

Those present included Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), D. Raja (CPI) and Dipankar Bhattacharya (CPIML Liberation)

Dev Raj Patna Published 04.03.24, 06:03 AM
Lalu Prasad with Rahul Gandhi at the Jan Vishwas Maharally in Patna on Sunday.

Lalu Prasad with Rahul Gandhi at the Jan Vishwas Maharally in Patna on Sunday. PTI picture.

RJD leader Lalu Prasad bored into Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally here on Sunday.

The Jan Vishwas Maharally organised by the Rashtriya Janata Dal turned into a show of Opposition unity, aimed at convincing voters that the INDIA bloc remained robust and confident despite the desertion of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

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Those present included Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress), Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Sitaram Yechury (CPM), D. Raja (CPI) and Dipankar Bhattacharya (CPIML Liberation).

Lalu was in attendance along with wife Rabri Devi, sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap, daughter Misa Bharati and her fellow Rajya Sabha member Manoj Jha.

Arrays of Congress and Left flags lent ballast to the event.

Lalu hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had at his rallies in Aurangabad and Begusarai on Saturday hurled the charge of dynastic politics.

“Modi kya hai? Modi koi cheez nahi hai (What is Modi? Modi is nothing),” Lalu said.

“He has no family. He should say why there are no children in his family. He accuses people who have many children of indulging in dynastic politics.”

The RJD chief went on to say that Modi was “not a Hindu because he did not shave his beard or tonsure his head when his mother passed away”.

The former chief minister, who suffers from ailments including diabetes and heart disease and has undergone a kidney transplant, spoke for over 23 minutes. He did not spare Nitish, either. “Nitish again flipped…. I didn’t use abusive language the last time he did so. I simply called him ‘Paltu Ram’. I see the memes and videos on Nitish. Doesn’t he feel ashamed?” Lalu said.

Like most RJD rallies, this too resembled a rural fair with the crowd beating drums, dancing and savouring snacks and fruits bought from vendors, while issuing shrill cries in support of its leaders.

Barricades buckled and cracked under the press, with the crowd threatening to sweep away everything in its path like a giant wave, forcing the leaders to repeatedly appeal to the gathering to spare the structures.

Rahul, who is on his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, said any political change in the country started from Bihar. He asserted that the coming general election would be a contest between hatred and love.

“There is no hostility among the people of Hindustan. The hatred prevalent in society is because of the injustice meted out to the youth, farmers and workers — and the social and economic injustices,” Rahul said.

Kharge urged the people to unite to save the country and the Constitution.

Raja called the BJP’s slogan of inclusive development a farce and said Modi was working not for the poor, farmers or the common people but for corporate houses.

Yechury said it was everyone’s patriotic duty to throw out the “anti-people government” at the Centre.

CPIML leader Bhattacharya said: “If Bihar gets the NDA to lose (all) 40 seats (in the state), the government at the Centre will be wiped out.”

Tejashwi, who recently completed his Jan Vishwas Yatra, highlighted his own performance as deputy chief minister in the previous state government.

Akhilesh said the BJP would be left nowhere if it lost from the 40 constituencies in Bihar and the 80 in his own state of Uttar Pradesh. He coined a slogan: “120 harao, desh bachao (Defeat them at 120 seats, save the country).”

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