April 9, 2009 1:05:59 am
Giving a rude shock to the Mulayam-Lalu-Paswan troika in Bihar,RJD members in UP led by state president and former MP Kailash Nath Singh,joined the Jan Morcha on Wednesday. The party members faxed their resignation to RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Kailash Nath Singh addressed the media in the presence of Jan Morcha president Ajeya Singh on Wednesday informing them of the development. He said that the leaders of the fourth front RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav,SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan had initially wanted to restrict the alliance to Parliament. Later they agreed to carry on with their new front even for the Assembly. The reason is evident none of them has the potential for becoming the Prime Minister,therefore they all are working to secure their place as CMs of their respective states, he said. He added that in such a scenario there was no point in the RJD members wasting their effort and energy on them.
Kailash Nath also blamed Lalu Yadav for moving away from his ideology. The party was always in favour of small states and we had been raising the issues of Poorvachal and Bundelkhand. But now forgoing that issue,Lalu has agreed to go with the SP which was never in favour of small states. Besides,Lalu used to criticise SP for playing family politics and called it a party of capitalists, he said.
Meanwhile,Ajeya Singh said that he had been cheated by the fourth front leaders. They (Lalu,Paswan and Mulayam) first asked me to contest under the UPA banner,since they were at that time a part of the alliance. After severing ties with the UPA,Paswan asked me to merge my party with the SP and fight as a joint candidate in UP. Eventually,when SP wanted to field its own candidate in my place,they asked me to withdraw my candidature,said Ajeya adding, Thank God I did not give a letter of merger.
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