PM Modi on Saturday sought to reach out to the Yadavas, Lalu’s mainstay, by addressing them as ‘Yadu Bhai’ and introduced himself as a native of Lord Krishna’s land.
The RJD chief, who formally launched his poll campaign by marching from Gandhi Maidan to Raj Bhavan on Monday, said: “We will intensify our battle for getting the details of caste census.
“Modi claims to be from backward caste, but he is actually an enemy of the backward castes. I challenge him to publish the caste data if he really hails from backward community,” said Prasad.
The RJD chief said people were “wrongly attributing meanings and motives” to his inability to attend Gandhi’s ‘iftaar’ party.
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).”
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