Lalu Yadav to be in wilderness: BJP
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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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