Monday, May 25, 2009

Kalyug plagues RJD, LJP?

Patna, 24 MAY: Bihar’s “fallen heroes”, Mr Lalu Prasad and Mr Ram Vilas Paswan today rued the fate of their homeland saying there would hardly be anyone to fight for the state at the centre now that they are no longer in the cabinet. Especially, Mr Prasad blamed Kalyug for his party’s poor show in the Lok Sabha polls and announced he would now devote full time to Bihar, instead of Delhi.
“Jo kam karata hai, wo har jata hai. It’s Kalyug (It’s Kalyug where those leaders working for the masses get defeated)”, the RJD chief Mr Prasad who was accompanied with LJP chief Mr Paswan told an election rally in Fatuha today while jointly campaigning for LJP candidate for Fatuha Assembly seat in the by-poll. This seat fell vacant following death of JD-U legislator Saryug Paswan. The polling will be held on 28 May.
He rued the fate of his state saying now there would be very few to fight for Bihar’s development at the centre as the NDA MPs who emerged victorious in the elections would sit in the Opposition. “NDA sansad mati ki murat hain. Ye railway pass se free mein up-down karenge (NDA MPs are just clay-made idols who would do nothing more than making free trip to Delhi and back to Patna)”, he told the crowd. He accused the ruling Nitish Kumar government of systematically rigging polls with the help of officials.
“While the RJD was in power, forces were withdrawn from the borders and deployed in elections but this time home guards jawans were deployed at booths dominated by the NDA whereas the gun-wielding forces were deployed at booths where RJD-LJP voters were in dominance. They were driven out from casting their votes”, alleged the RJD chief. He also blamed voters I-Cards for his party’s poor show saying: “I have always opposed the idea of voters’ I-Cards. Where will the poor keep these cards?” He said he would now devote full time to Bihar. “Main nahin ja raha hun Dilli. Pura samay Bihar mein bitane jar aha hun (I am not going to camp in Delhi, instead I would devote full time to Bihar)”.
Sharing the dais with the RJD chief first time after poll debacle in the LS polls, the LJP chief Mr Pawan appeared a broken man today lacking confidence and dejection gripping his face. Yet he looked fiery in his speeches and exhorted the people to ask from chief minister Mr Kumar to show where his development is.
“While we were in power, we always exerted pressures on the centre to grant funds for Bihar. Who will fight for Bihar now? Bihar has become an orphan”, said Mr Paswan while accusing the chief minister and his NDA of cheating the masses. “He pretends to be a secular but shakes hands with the communal forces. It’s now up to the masses to teach him a lesson”, he told the rally.

The Statesman