In the biggest ever political show of strength after losing power in Bihar eight years ago,RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday played his favourite minority card to the hilt,saying his party will make an all-out effort to unite secular forces and stop divisive forces from coming to power in 2014 LS polls. He said secular forces cannot allow people like (Gujarat CM) Narendra Modi to rule the country.
Lalu also tried to cash in on simmering public resentment,especially among poorly paid 2.5 lakh contract teachers,against Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by announcing regularisation of teachers service if his party is voted to power in the next Assembly elections.
Addressing the Parivartan Rally,as the culmination of his nine-month-long Parivartan Yatra,at Gandhi Maidan here,the RJD chief also tried to strike a chord with youths by declaring that his party would give 50 per cent seats to youths from 2014 general elections. His youngest son Tejaswi Prasad Yadav has already made his political debut and is entrusted with galvanising youths through ongoing youth meetings across the state.
Targeting Modi over his projection as NDA PM candidate,Lalu said: We cannot allow divisive forces to come to power. We cannot afford to hand over the reins of the country to Modi. There is no way secular forces can allow divisive forces to come to power at the Centre. Nitish is sitting in the lap of the RSS and is parrot of the BJP and the RSS.
Lalu said Bihar has been a secular state. If one Muslim is slapped in Bihar,I am ready to give my life in protecting minorities. The most important question before people is whether they want Hindus and Muslims to remain united.
Lalu was accompanied by his wife and former CM Rabri Devi,sons Tej Pratap and Tejaswi and eldest daughter Misa Bharti. Though Rabri Devi made a brief speech attacking Nitish rule,there was no formal political launch of Lalus children as was widely speculated. The RJD chief took a dig at Nitish over his arrogant speech of not increasing contract teachers salaries during Adhikar Yatra last September.
Lalu said: Nitish is not God to decide teachers sala-ries. RJD will come back to power and regularise their salaries.