An FIR was lodged Tuesday against RJD chief Lalu Prasad for “provoking caste feelings” during a speech two days earlier in Raghopur, from where his son Tejaswi is contesting. Campaigning in Yadav-dominated Terasia village, Lalu had called the poll a “backward-versus-forward fight and a Mahabharata”, exhorted Yadavs to “stay awake and united”, and said the “RSS is full of Brahmins”.
The FIR was lodged with Ganga Bridge police under provisions of the IPC and Representation of the People Act following a complaint by magistrate Niranjan Kumar, police sources and additional election commissioner R Lakshmanan said.
RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha told The Indian Express, “It is unfortunate that the EC did not look at the RJD chief’s comments from a wider perspective. Why did the EC not take cognisance of Narendra Modi’s speech in Muzaffarpur where he invoked Yaduvanshis, or of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on reservation?”
One against Sushil Modi
Kaimur police filed an FIR Tuesday against BJP leader Sushil Modi who, at a public meeting at Bhabhua the previous day, had promised voters sarees and colour TV sets if they could lift the NDA to power. Modi cited a Supreme Court ruling to assert leaders have a right to say what they intend to do for voters. A senior BJP leader said they would complain against CM Nitish Kumar for promising allowances to the unemployed. The FIR against Sushil Modi was lodged on the complaint of magistrate Arjun Prasad, Bhabhua police station in-charge Avinash Kumar said.