Lalu Yadav to be in wilderness: BJP

Last Updated: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 21:51

Patna: BJP took a jibe at arch rival RJD
today saying its chief Lalu Prasad would be in `political
wilderness` in Bihar for a long time as a number of his top
leaders had deserted him before the assembly polls.

"Not only is the RJD leader`s house trembling, the glow of
his lantern (RJD`s election symbol) is dimming too," BJP
national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

"Instead of making a vain bid for power with LJP, the RJD
chief should seek to cement his house and prepare himself for
long days ahead in the political wilderness as he does not
stand a chance in the coming polls with the electorate
unwilling to give him another stint in power to bring back the
days of crime, corruption, abduction and terror in the state,"
the BJP leader said.

Prasad, he said, did not `spare` even the Railways from
scam and quoted media reports on an alleged Rs 7000 crore
scandal in the award of tenders for the national freight
corridor during his stint as the Railways minister.

Hitting out at Congress, a former ally of RJD, he said
the party could not absolve itself of pushing the state into
`socio-economic and political mess` in the state.

He lashed out at central ministers who while campaigning
had allegedly taken credit for flow of central funds to the
state.

"The ministers are not doing any exceptional favour to
Bihar as the funds were allocated by the Planning Commission
under the prevailing constitutional arrangements," he said.

Contrary to the claims, the Centre had stopped road
construction works in Bihar and refused to release funds to
under this head, he said.

Accusing the Centre of `step motherly` treatment to all
non-Congress ruled states, Prasad cited the allocation of Rs
500 crore to Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for drought
relief as against the demand of Rs 6500 crores by the state
government upon declaring entire Bihar as drought hit.

Prasad claimed that with Nitish Kumar, people had tasted
development and law and order for five years and will opt for
another such term in the coming assembly polls.

Prasad also said that only capable leaders will be
given BJP tickets in the coming assembly polls in Bihar.
"There is no quota in BJP for ticket distribution," he
said adding even party chief Nitin Gadkari had to come up the
hard way.

Gadkari had started his political career as an
ordinary worker who used to paste the postures and hoardings
in Pune about 30 years ago, he said.

His comments come in the backdrop of senior BJP
leaders soliciting party tickets for their kin in the
October-November assembly polls.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 21:51

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