November 13, 2008 1:52:54 pm
Rivals and biggest names in Bihar politics — Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and Nitish Kumar — shared a common platform yet again, this time to pave way for the state’s development.
The occasion was laying the foundation stone for reconstruction of Rs 3,200-crore fertilizer plant at Barauni, approved by the Union Cabinet recently. The plant is due to be completed in four years.
While the Chief Minister’s presence is being taken as Paswan’s big gesture to keep Nitish in good faith, the coming together of Lalu and Paswan, RJD and LJP sources said, hinted towards the two parties planning to share Lok Sabha seats in their bid to get maximum votes.
Sharing the dais, the three leaders were unanimous on “not playing politics” for the development of the state. The Chief Minister responded to Paswan’s invitation by announcing to waive off Rs 275-crore electricity bills due against the fertilizer company.
Nitish said: “I will always take a step forward if it is about the state’s development. I do not understand why Laluji does not invite me to his railway functions. After all, I will end up praising him.” He, however, said that he won’t spare either “Laluji, whose party still talks of lantern (RJD symbol) when it’s time for electricity, or Paswanji at the hustings”.
When it was Lalu’s turn, he offered to play elder brother to Nitish. “Nitishji keeps committing mistakes, but I forgive him because he is my younger brother.”
LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan too assured the state of “zero politics on development”. He said the fertilizer plant would help realize a big dream for the state and employ over 25,000 people.
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