Friday, April 03, 2009

RJD's giant-killer Vijay Krishna quits

PATNA: RJD suffered a major blow on Thursday when its giant-killer of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, Vijay Krishna
, quit the party accusing party
chief Lalu Prasad of surrounding himself with sycophants and durbaris (courtiers). "I have seen party workers being beaten up by the police at your gates, and being scolded and insulted by you. You do not have the patience to listen to anyone for five minutes. No self-respecting person can work with you," said Krishna in an emotional farewell letter to Lalu. Incidentally, Krishna is also the national general secretary of the party. Vijay Krishna had stunned all in 2004 when he defeated Nitish Kumar from Barh parliamentary seat. However, he was ignored by Lalu when it came to inclusion in the UPA government. Due to delimitation, Barh parliamentary seat has now ceased to exist. Initially, Krishna was hopeful of getting a ticket from Ara. However, RJD conceded the seat to LJP for don-turned-politician Rama Singh. Krishna, in his letter to Lalu, asserted that he had been loyal to the party despite adverse situations. "It was because I thought you were committed to betterment of the downtrodden. However, on several occasions my faith in you was shaken. But I continued with a hope that things will improve with time," he said. He stressed that Lalu has been consistently insulting political workers and leaders. Krishna said he stood firm by his political principles. "But self-respect is even greater than principles. A man without self-respect cannot protect his family, party or people he represents. The `recent events' have eroded my dignity, honour and self-respect, therefore, I am dissociating myself from you politically," the RJD MP said. Speaking to TOI, Krishna said he is yet to decide on his future course of action. "I will hold consultations with my supporters," he said. Krishna was a close associate of Nitish in the early 1990s and parted ways when Nitish formed the Samata Party. He contested against Nitish from Barh four times but lost to him in the 1996, 1998 and 1999 LS polls. Incidentally, Krishna's was not the only voice of dissent against Lalu's style of functioning. A group of RJD workers led by former president of state Chhatra RJD Upendra Prasad conducted a "havan" in the state capital on Thursday for the defeat of RJD-LJP alliance candidates in the LS polls. Prasad alleged that Lalu is running RJD as a private company and swore that the RJD workers would apprise people of his "misdeeds". He also questioned the wisdom of the RJD chief to give tickets to party-hoppers like Nagmani.
courtsey : The Times of India


vikrant said...

he did anice thing
he is a very honest person
to say this 2 lalo