RJD boss Lalu Prasad to alliance spokesmen: Do not exceed bosses’ brief

The following Thursday, RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said Nitish had to take responsibility for any law and order lapses, as it was the CM who has been in the "driving seat and RJD is on the backfoot".

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: January 2, 2016 8:32 am
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RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday asked Grand Alliance spokespersons to issue statements only after consultation with their bosses and not “exceed their brief”.

The remark was apparently directed at spokespersons of the JD(U), which appeared to have taken offence to Lalu’s recent “suggestion” to the CM on the law and order situation in Bihar. The “suggestion” sparked a flurry of statements from both alliance partners against each other.

Speaking on the killing of two engineers in Darbhanga last Saturday, Lalu had “suggested” that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ask officials, including DMs and SPs, to visit villages and restore confidence of the people. Alliance partner JD(U) apparently took offence to this.

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The following Thursday, RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said Nitish had to take responsibility for any law and order lapses, as it was the CM who has been in the “driving seat and RJD is on the backfoot”.

The JD(U) hit back. Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh said, “Lalu should rein in his leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh. There cannot be two sets of standards for Grand Alliance spokespersons.” The JD(U), though in alliance with the RJD, has been facing criticism from Raghuvansh Prasad Singh ever since the formation of the alliance.

Following the flurry of statements, Lalu said Friday: “Grand Alliance spokespersons should refrain from making statements just to increase TRPs. If they do not know what to do, they should stay at home. They should make statements only after consulting their bosses.”

RJD principal general secretary Mudrika Singh said: “The RJD is the elder brother in the alliance (with 80 seats). Laluji has every right to speak on law and order lapses as the RJD’s supreme leader.”

Sources said Lalu has been trying to assert his position as a “senior partner” even though the JD(U) holds the CM’s post. The RJD is also not too happy with the JD(U) trying to pitch Nitish as the national face of the Grand Alliance amid talks of replicating the Bihar experiment in West Bengal and Assam.

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  1. A
    Jan 2, 2016 at 2:19 am
    It is time for a Gfather to be birned shortly. Still in TV. Сlownery!
    1. A
      Ajay Mittal
      Jan 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm
      About Delhi, voters made no mistake. Modi is not bringing grief to Kejri through his shenanigans of stopping Delhi work but to people of Delhi who will hit back at Modi when time comes. Modi's shenanigans are only endearing Kejri to Delhiwallahs even more for standing up to hounds. Dilliwallahas don;t need to be told by Modi and his minions how bad and ineffective Kejri is because the Delhites know their leader too well. Modi does not know Delhites. Bjiharis are a spoilt, casteist, illetrate types who do not deserve democracy..they deserve dictatorship.
      1. g
        Jan 2, 2016 at 6:19 am
        Nitish, You cannot continue with Lalu like this way. It is better to leave him alone and go with your old partner to make a great Bihar. We all like you but not Lalu.
        1. T
          Jan 2, 2016 at 4:08 am
          Now Lalu and Bholu has decided they will have diametric views on any issue just like Atal-Advani used to keep larger consuency in good humour with their diabolic game
          1. V
            Jan 2, 2016 at 4:56 am
            While Bihar is going to gutters what Mr Modi can atleast do is be careful in handing out any additional tax payers money as soecial packages to the looters of Bihar.
            1. D
              Jan 2, 2016 at 1:52 am
              Lalu's boys will soon start destroying Bihar from whatever Nitish has built so far. Then they will destroy the Maha Coalition and Nitish will be back with BJP. Goodbye Lallu.
              1. d
                Jan 2, 2016 at 3:48 am
                Bihar for Bihari crooks
                1. T
                  Jan 2, 2016 at 4:48 am
                  Mr Nitish, this was already predicted. Lalu only works for upliftment of his family and his party. He uses all tools what comes in the way for disposal. JDU is just a tool for the Mastermind called "Lalu". Mr Nitish do to sometimes miss Mr Modi.
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