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Bihar polls: BJP plotting to split Yadav votes, says Lalu Prasad

‘BJP to field 5 Yadavs as Independents in each constituency’

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 17, 2015 7:17 am
Lalu Prasad, RJD, bihar polls, BJP, Bihar Assembly elections, Narendra Modi, india news, news Picture for representation only: Lalu asked party workers to demonstrate RJD’s strength by “filling Gandhi Maidan with lanterns (RJD’s election symbol)”. (Source: PTI)

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Sunday cautioned his supporters against the BJP’s “moves” to split Yadav votes in the forthcoming Bihar Assembly elections. It was the first time Lalu publicly expressed his concern over the BJP attempts to dent his core vote base.

“I have learnt that Narendra Modi has given the state BJP a task of making five Yadav leaders contest as Independents in every Assembly segment to split our votes. Modi has been also invoking Yaduvanshis. So beware of any such moves,” Lalu said.

Over the past few weeks, the RJD chief had mostly invoked Mandalraj II, while raising the pitch over Centre withholding the release of caste-census data.

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This was the first time he red-flagged BJP’s “attempts to create confusion” among RJD supporters and the PM’s bid to woo Yadav voters.
He also asked his supporters to turn up in huge numbers at the Swabhiman Rally in Patna on August 30.

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The RJD chief’s appeal to his supporters came even as party’s senior leader and former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh took dig at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for not putting up common hoardings of the alliance. “We had given JD(U) the CM candidate, but had expected to contest more of seats than the party….There is not a single common alliance hoarding put up even as a matter of solidarity,” Singh, who has been most vocal in asserting RJD’s position, said.

He asked party workers to demonstrate RJD’s strength by “filling Gandhi Maidan with lanterns (RJD’s election symbol)”.

Singh’s voiced his displeasure as RJD leaders met in Patna to discuss preparations for the grand alliance’s joint rally at Patna on August 30.
Meanwhile, defending his entry into politics, Lalu Prasad’s youngest son — Tejashwi Prasad Yadav — said: “Former CM Bhagwat Jha Azad’s son Kirti Azad joined politics, so did another ex-CM Jagannath Mshra’s son Nitish Mishra. But BJP has been accusing RJD of promoting dynasty in politics.”

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  1. A
    Aug 19, 2015 at 11:18 pm
    He is now afraid of BJP. This shows the mentality of lallu. Just afraid of modi rallies. He is able to get the crowd dancing on his speeches
    1. Nordic Nordic
      Aug 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm
      Abbey Lallua - tu kuch bhi kar le - yeh election toh jeetega nahin. Kahey apna time barbaad kar rahey ho ? Tera time abhi jail mein hai - jald se jald Bail ab cancel hoga.
      1. X
        Aug 19, 2015 at 4:03 am
        Are all Yadav's Lallu's "baap ka maal", that he can loot them?
        1. Subramanian Venkatraman
          Aug 18, 2015 at 6:35 am
          This still thinks his vote bank is intact and Modi will plot to break it! He forgets how his party lost in Parliamentary elections without any such 'plot'! Poor chap, his mind is no more as sharp as it used to be long back. He is totally confused and sees ghosts in every nook and corner. Bhagwan usko shanti de!