Don`t write off RJD: Lalu

RJD suffered electoral drubbing due to its failure to project the real issues, Prasad argued.

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010, 00:58 AM IST

Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Sunday cautioned against writing off his party, claiming its alliance with LJP still enjoys support of a large chunk of electorate, despite drubbing in the Bihar Assembly polls.

"It will be wrong and distorting to say that the RJD-LJP alliance got swept away following the landslide victory the NDA pulled off," Prasad told reporters at his residence after the RJD Legislature Party meeting, where Abdul Bari Siddiqui was unanimously elected as its leader. Siddiqui is also the
party chief in Bihar.

Prasad argued that the RJD-LJP combine suffered electoral drubbing due to its failure to project the real issues faced by the people and reminded the combine together polled 27 percent votes, reflecting the mass support the alliance continues to enjoy.

Former Bihar Chief Minister said RJD would play the role of "an active and constructive" opposition in the Assembly, but will also try to corner the ruling JD(U) on government`s failures.

"We respect the people`s mandate with humility. We
also think that the people have voted for development... We
have decided that RJD will play the role of an active and
constructive opposition both inside the two houses and
outside," Prasad said.

A meeting of senior party leaders, MLAs, MPs and MLCs,
besides those who contested on the party tickets has been
called to ascertain the reasons for defeat within ten days.

"We will review and analyse the election results and
take corrective measures to further strengthen the
organisation," Prasad said, claiming that a large number of
independents and presence of many other parties in the fray
dented the vote bank of the RJD-LJP alliance "in a massive
way."

He said the elected MLAs from RJD should devote their
energy and show commitment in ensuring development of Bihar.

PTI