Four days after the Election Commission expressed “deep anguish” over the rising shrillness in the Bihar campaign rhetoric and called for “restraint” and “decency” in political speeches, RJD leader Lalu Prasad told a rally Tuesday he had joined hands with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to “emasculate” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“People here ask me why Nitish and I have come together… Hum bolte hain ki Narendra Modi ko badhiya karne ke liye aaye hain (I say to emasculate Narendra Modi),” Lalu Prasad told a crowd at the middle school ground in Tankuppa block of the reserved constituency of Bodh Gaya.
“The bugle of Mahabharat has been blown and the BJP has been swept away by the wind,” Lalu said. He asked people not to be “deceived by the BJP because they are not going to do any of their work… BJP wants to divide the country… divide Hindus and Muslims’’.
“When Nitish and I joined hands,” Lalu said, “Narendra Modi… came and abused Nitish. He was not insulting Nitish… puray Bihar ki mahaan janata ko gaali diya desh ka Pradhan Mantri (This Prime Minister abused the great people of Bihar).’’
He hit back at Modi for calling him a “shaitan”: “I told him you are the brahm pichash (spirit which can cast illusion spells) of Gujarat.’’
Taking his attack forward, he switched to his favourite subject this elections: the “threat” to reservation. “What did (RSS chief) Mohan Bhagwat say? End aarakshan (reservation to backwards and Dalits)… there is no one who can end reservation as long as Lalu is around.”
He then called Kumar Sarvjeet, his partyman and the Mahagathbandhan candidate for Bodh Gaya, and asked the crowd to ensure he wins. Minutes later, Lalu was off. “That seven-minute speech of Laluji was enough. We are in great shape here,” Sarvjeet later told The Indian Express.