Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Saturday accused
his arch rival Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and the Congress
of `usurping` reins of power in Bihar from his party under a
`larger conspiracy` to weaken the cause of social justice and
said people had realised it by now and would force them to
`bite the dust.`
"We didn`t lose but Nitish and Congress usurped the reins
of power from our hand to thrust upon difficulties and
miseries on the people under a large conspiracy to weaken the
social justice", Prasad said while addressing a gathering on
the occasion of JD(U) leader Virendra Kumar Choudhary joining
To buttress his point, Lalu said his framing in `false
and fabricated` cases of multi-crore rupees fodder scam,
imposition of President`s rule by the Congress in 2005
which saw the worst-ever jail-break in Jehanabad that defamed
Bihar at that time vindicated his charge.
Prasad also identified LJP president Ramvilas Paswan`s
decision to go alone at the hustings in 2005 also contributed
to the electoral reverses the RJD had faced. ``But we are
happy that Paswan ji is with us``, he said and added that the
people of the state had made up their minds to ensure that
``Nitish`s alliance and Congress bite the dust.``
Referring to the allegations pertaining to the multi-crore
rupees fodder scam, Prasad alleged that the Chief Minister was
facing similar charges at present.
"Why is he (Kumar) worried about a CBI probe into the
allegations of corruption against him", Prasad asked and said
Kumar had now lost confidence.
Supporting his view, Prasad said the CAG report
highlighted fraud in supply of foodgrains to flood victims in
Khagaria. "The CAG enquiry reveals, the foodgrains were
transported for flood relief on trucks bore the registration
numbers of scooters", he said quoting the CAG report.
"Where are all the petitioners who got me falsely booked
in the fodder scam cases... What are they doing now?", he
The RJD leader was apparently referring to JD(U) national
spokesman Shivanand Tiwari and its former state president
Rajiv Ranjan Singh +Lalan+ who had filed the PIL that led
Patna High Court ordering a CBI probe in 1996 which paved the
way for exit of Prasad as Chief Minister.
"All these conspirators are maintaining silence", he
Prasad held the Centre and Nitish Kumar government
equally responsible for the people`s miseries caused by
escalated prices of essential commodities and petroleum
Referring to the Women`s Reservation Bill, Prasad said he
had opposed the bill +tooth and nail+ as it was aimed at
snatching the benefits of reservations from people.
He also reiterated his demand for holding a census on
the basis of castes to prepare data about the population of