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Lalu Prasad mired in difficulties before RJD rally with oppn leaders
Dheeraj Kumar | Friday, 19 May 2017 AT 10:21 PM IST
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RJD Chief Lalu Prasad`s checkered career has seen many highs and lows but he always tries to be his original self-flamboyant, aggressive and irrepressible. Hence, when Income Tax sleuths raided his various premises in New Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with shady property deals, he shot back at BJP and its ideological mentor RSS by posting comments in his official Twitter account.

“I will drag BJP and RSS people off their seat in Delhi,” Lalu once again thundered on Friday.

Prasad in his official Twitter account said, “Listen, BJP/RSS people, Lalu will drag you off your seat in Delhi, whatever be my situation. Get it straight..Don’t u dare to threaten me..”

His earlier tweets were also not less conceited as in one of his tweets, he commented, “Listen masters of capitalists, I have the blessing of the poor. Lalu has been neither defeated nor he is tired. I have fought my battles and won them like an invincible warrior.” His bravado had paid dividends in the past when he was convicted and also jailed in multi-crore fodder scam as he managed to maintain the upbeat mood of his party workers and supporters even in difficult days.

Notwithstanding his strong public face, the IT raids at Lalu`s premises were conducted in New Delhi and adjoining areas when he was trying hard to cobble together a Bihar type grand alliance of secular parties at the national level to stop BJP and its allies from returning to the power. His party has planned a rally of opposition leaders at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna on August 27.

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already confirmed her participation in the rally, a major boost for beleaguered RJD Chief. Lalu Prasad is trying hard to paint a picture that the Narendra Modi government was hell bent upon putting him behind jail in one of the fodder scam cases so that his proposed rally of secular parties turned out to be a cropper. But more surprisingly, JD(U) Chief Minister and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has yet to confirm it.

Nitish Kumar had recently evaded a media query on his participation in RJD rally saying that he was engrossed with other matters and he had yet to take a call on it.

It is fully expected from Kumar to participate in the rally but the relationship between two major constituents of grand alliance - JD (U) and RJD has more interesting facets.

They have differed on issues of national importance as demonstrated at the time of demonetisation or even when the Narendra Modi government carried out surgical strike on terror pads in PoK.

More recently, difference of opinion between RJD and JD (U) was in full public display when RJD questioned the reliability of EVMs in polls during a meeting convened by Election Commission.

On the other hand, JD (U) has come at a time when RJD is virtually in a bind as Supreme Court has only recently ordered revival of criminal conspiracy charges against the party chief in one of the five pending cases in the multi-crore fodder scam.

RJD chief has already been convicted in one of the fodder scam cases and is debarred from contesting elections. Despite JD (U) and RJD taking divergent views on various vital issues, it is believed that there was no immediate threat to the Grand Alliance government in Bihar.

As Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) had severed ties with BJP in 2013 after Narendra Modi was declared NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, would think twice before returning to the NDA as his PM ambition would meet a dead end. But Kumar at the same time, is also not coming into the defence of Prasad and his family members when they are under severe BJP’s attack for their alleged involvement in various land scams to keep his image of a votary for action against ‘benami’ property intact.

Lalu has another predicament as he wants his sons Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav and Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav to shine under the Grand Alliance government.

So for now, Bihar politics would face all sorts of turns and twists, keeping BJP on tenterhooks as the saffron party has pinned its hopes on the break up of RJD-JD(U) alliance so that it could make a fresh start in the state after humiliating defeat in the last state Assembly election.
 
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