June 11, 2009 6:11:32 pm
After his party faced serious drubbing at the hands of ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar,RJD supremo Lalu Prasad asserted on Thursday that he would start from “zero” to regain strength in state assembly,facilitating ouster of the “ineffective and inefficient” NDA rule.
“We will now make the beginning from zero to make the party capable enough to dislodge the rule of communal and fascist forces represented by NDA,” Prasad said while addressing his party’s workers’ conference,called to analyse and review the poll results,in Patna.
“We rose from zero to rule Bihar for a period of over 15 years. And time has now come to initiate that exercise again,” he said.
Clarifying that his party’s alliance with the Lok Janshakti Party of Ramvilas Paswan would continue,the RJD chief said the two parties would organise a rally at historic Gandhi Maidan here on July 19 to show unity.
Prasad claimed that notwithstanding the bad show by the RJD-LJP combine,the RJD was “still the largest party as far as vote-share is concerned.”
The RJD,LJP,besides Congress polled 81 lakh votes,far more than what the NDA secured in the elections,Prasad said and pointed out that the RJD-LJP combine lost several seats as the Congress cut into their vote bank.
Congress alone went away with around 20 lakh votes,which led to the defeat of the alliance candidates in several Lok Sabha constituencies,Prasad said.
“Besides,confusion was spread about our alliance and people were misled by NDA leaders about the credibility of the seat-sharing accord the RJD reached with the LJP,” he said.
Promising allotment of 30 per cent of the party tickets to youths in next assembly elections in Bihar,Prasad said he would work for raising a task force of youths and ensure more enrolment of youths between 18 and 35 years.
Prasad said he would undertake extensive tour of all the villages in Bihar to highlight failures of the NDA government.
He called for making public the recommendations of Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission on Minorities’ welfare and the MAA Fatmi report on the economic empowerment of minorities “to uplift their cause.”
“These commissions’ report should be discussed and implemented without much delay,” Prasad said and also advocated for an early implementation of the Sachar committee recommendations.
Referring to the reservation given to the extremely backward castes by the Nitish Kumar government in the local body elections,Prasad said though he was not opposed to it,similar steps were required to provide them similar facilities in Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections.
He demanded that Centre must grant the status of Scheduled Caste to Pasmanda Samaj which the community enjoyed during the British period.
Prasad asked for abolition of the MP and MLA local area development funds as the MPs and MLAs were being “victimised and blackmailed” by locals for their own benefits. “It will also check the misuse of the local area funds,” he added.
He urged the party workers not to get disappointed because of the debacle the party faced and work unitedly to further strengthen the organisation.
“History is replete with win and defeat of several top leaders and political parties. You should not be disappointed and must keep your moral high to recapture power in Bihar,” Prasad asked.
Referring to his birthday today,the RJD chief said he pledged that he would continue his relentless fight for the cause of backwards. “My dream for them will turn into a reality the day I will see such poor people celebrating their birthday too,” he said.
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