BJP sources said their development plank coupled with the argument that vote for Nitish-Lalu combine may see the return of ‘Jungle Raj’.
“I am determined to crush the hood of this snake, this cobra of communalism,” Lalu asserted, referring to BJP, which is certain to go all out to wrest Bihar from JD(U).
As Nitish, Lalu dig in their heels, anti-BJP front in Bihar will depend on Congress breaking the ice
The ground for talks was set by JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, who held elaborate discussions with both Nitish and Lalu in Patna on Friday.
Assembly elections are due in Bihar this year. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD are now part of the ‘reunited’ Janata Parivar.
Though there is a good possibility of the RJD, the JD(U) and the Congress entering into an alliance, we are clear on choosing the development face, Nitish: Congress
Nitish could not attend the meeting as he was on a bed rest after undergoing an eye operation, said sources.
“We are for a broader unity of parties against BJP in which everybody, including Manjhi, shall come forward,” Lalu told reporters in Patna before leaving for Delhi.
Lalu virtually ruled out any possibility of an immediate Janata Parivar merger.
“He cannot tolerate self-respecting people like Ranjan Yadav, Ramkripal Yadav and now me,” said Pappu Yadav.
Shah attacked Nitish Kumar by accusing him of “stabbing on the back the mandate given to BJP, JD(U) combine in 2010 state poll (by ties with BJP).”
Mishra had been sentenced to four years rigorous imprisonment on October 3 that year in the fodder case.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said there was no “cloud of uncertainty” over merger of old Janata Parivar splinter groups and that it was on track. “The merger vehicle of Janata Parivar is on track and the vehicle is on the run,” Kumar told reporters after a conclave on skill development in Patna. […]
Lalu said that Modi has nothing to show as an achievement so far and is merely indulging in witch-hunting of opponents and Singh has become a victim.
Lalu once hoped that his eldest daughter Misa would marry Yadav’s eldest son Akhilesh.