Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said on Thursday that he had extended `unconditional outside support` to his arch rival Nitish Kumar`s ruling JD(U) in Bihar to keep the `fascist` BJP at bay.
As per reports, Lalu said that the RJD`s support was to the new Bihar CM Jeetan Ram Majhi government inspite of the fact that it was not a minority government. “Our support is to keep the fascist lead by the BJP out,” he said.
"We have been supporting Congress at the Centre for a long time to check communal forces. Similarly, our support to Manhji government is also to check BJP and foil its design to capture power in the state. It is unconditional support, but we will keep monitoring the working of the government," Prasad told PTI.
RJD chief also said that BJP`s handsome performance in the state was due to the "spread of communal poison at grassroots".
At the same time he dismissed the claims that he was being `opportunistic`. However, he did not reveal whether there would be any alliance between the RJD and the JD(U) in next year`s Assembly polls in Bihar.
RJD today announced unconditional outside support to the JD(U) government, which would be seeking trust vote in Bihar Assembly on Friday. Manjhi was chosen the new CM of Bihar after Nitish resigned on May 17 taking moral responsibility, a day after the Lok Sabha polls results were declared.
Nitish`s party managed to win only 2 seats whereas the BJP and its allies won 31 seats. One of the factors was said to be the so-called `Modi-wave` sweeping the state. The other reason is said to be the anger of mainly the upper caste with the JD(U) for ending a 17-year-old alliance with the BJP over the ascendency of Modi in his party.
Nitish had come to power in Bihar along with the BJP in 2005 on the plank of development. He had taken on Lalu and slammed RJD`s 15 year old regime in the state for mis-governance, criminalisation of politics, pathetic law and order situation and virtually taking Bihar to dark ages.
The NDA also won the 2010 Assembly polls with Nitish becoming the CM of Bihar for the second time in a row.
Last year when the BJP-JD(U) parted ways, Nitish won the trust vote in Bihar because the Congress and some independents voted in his favour.
In the 243-member Bihar Assembly, JD(U) has 117 MLAs, BJP 88, and RJD 21. With the resignation of two BJP and three JDU MLAs and one vacancy, the effective strength of the state Assembly is 237.