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‘No Modi wave in Bihar’

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD MP, in conversation with Avishek Dastidar

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | Updated: April 30, 2014 2:15:16 am

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, RJD MP, in conversation with Avishek Dastidar.

Is the RJD fighting a Modi ‘wave’ in Bihar?
There is no Modi “wave” in Bihar. The Modi wave is a media creation. Possibly the BJP has spent thousands of crores to generate publicity in popular media, including foreign media… At least in Bihar, I can say, there is no wave.

Why then did your allies desert you, leaving you with only the Congress?
The Congress didn’t do much to stop people like (Ram Vilas) Paswan and (Upendra) Kushwaha. The Congress did not reach out the way they should have. Let’s assume that with them on our side we would have got an extra two to three per cent vote share. It may be small, but the BJP may get that now…

The LJP accuses you of saying, ‘Let the LJP first show us how many musclemen it has, and then we can discuss how many seats we can give them’.
All I meant was we should discuss prospective candidates before deciding seat shares.

The LJP is said to be treating the contest against you in Vaishali as a prestige fight because of these comments.
There is no fight in Vaishali. No matter who stands from the other side, the electorate knows me well, I am going to win.

There is talk about the RJD and the Congress working separately.
The alliance is working fine. We are campaigning for their candidates and their leaders have held rallies in support of ours.

Why is Lalu Prasad not sharing the stage with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi?
As far as campaigning jointly is concerned, there is no need for that anymore. Besides, schedules of leaders from the two sides do not match.

Is your party well disposed towards Rahul, considering he tore up the ordinance that would have saved the political career of Lalu Prasad?
Right now we are not raking up that. Now is the time to fight communal forces.

Will the JD(U)’s secular plank divide the anti-BJP votes?
Nitish Kumar’s credibility has become zero in Bihar. I wonder if his party would be able open its account at all.

Is the RJD open to joining an alternative front or a third front after the elections?
All I can say is that all secular forces must join hands after the election.

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