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Mounting further pressure on the Congress,Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the RJD-LJP-Samajwadi Party alliance would win enough seats to extract its share of power at the Centre.
The two Bihar leaders addressed the public after Lalu Prasad filed his nomination papers from Saran (Chapra) seat. Their first joint rally was conducted on Friday after the nomination of Veena Devi the wife of LJP MP Suraj Bhan from Nawada.
On Saturday,addressing a cheering crowd of over 7,000 people,Lalu Prasad said: Now that the Samajwadi Party has come together with us,it has strengthened our resolve to defeat the NDA. We will win enough seats from Kisanganj to Noida to show our strength. He later added that if L K Advani ever became the prime minister,he would quit electoral politics.
In quite a turnaround from their old rivalry,Paswan and Lalu also lavished praise on each other. Paswanji is a big force in Bihar. Nitish became CM because of a misunderstanding between us. Our alliance would extend to the 2010 Assembly election as well, said Lalu. Not to be outdone,Paswan praised Lalu for maintaining communal harmony in Bihar during the worst days of the saffron surge and reiterated that RJD-LJP-SPs contest on 134 seats in Bihar,Jharkhand and UP would make the alliance hugely influential post-elections. Paswan also turned on the BJP,saying that the party cheated God as it failed to construct the Ram temple. The party that can cheat God can easily cheat humans,said Paswan,exhorting people not to get fooled by the NDAs illusory strength.
Both leaders also criticised Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Blaming Nitish for the disintegration of the JD(U),Lalu said that the party was a sinking ship now that George Fernandes,Digvijay Singh,Ramjivan Singh and Nagmani had rebelled. Paswan later added that Nitish Kumar had no moral right to talk of party unity after snubbing a leader of Fernandes stature.
Although Lalu asserted that he would continue to support Sonia Gandhi,he mocked the Bihar Congress for inducting his brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav. The Congress thinks it has got a big fish in inducting Sadhu but the fact remains that he is as inedible as a fish head.
Poking fun at the Election Commission,Lalu said,They allow us to get out of vehicles on roads only to urinate.
Saran,erstwhile Chapra,has been a traditional Lalu seat since 1977 and he has never lost from here. It was only in 1999 that he switched to Madhepura and lost to Sharad Yadav. In 2004,he defeated the BJPs Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Chapra.