Zee Media Bureau
Patna: Bihar BJP leader and former deputy chief minister of the state, Sushil Kumar Modi slammed the coming together of coming of JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Monday and termed the whole thing as a `political drama`.
He also said that despite embrace, their `sins` will not be washed away.
"Prasad committed the sin of foisting `jungle raj` in Bihar for 15 years. Kumar is guilty of preparing groundwork for imposition of `jungle raj-2` by joining with the RJD," Modi said in a statement, as per PTI.
The sins of Prasad and Kumar would not be washed away due to their association with `jungle raj` in one form or the other, he added.
The statement of former deputy chief minister came hours after the two erstwhile arch-rivals shared dais for the first time in two decades to jointly campaign for JD(U) nominee Rajendra Rai at Hajipur.
"The people did not give thumping majority to Nitish Kumar-led NDA to enable him to embrace the RJD supremo. If he had to do this, he should have recommended dissolution of the Assembly after quitting as chief minister and sought a fresh mandate," Modi further said.
Referring to the epics, he said if some people called this alliance a meeting of lost brothers, it was not that of Rama and Bharata.
It was rather like Karna and Duryodhana and the two would meet the same fate of the two Mahabharata characters as they too came together because of shared vested interests, Modi said.
The BJP leader thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for forcing these two bitter rivals to join hands even though it might be half hearted and due to political compulsions.
He said the people would defeat those indulging in politics of theatrics to derail the vehicle of development during the bypoll on 10 Assembly seats to be held on August 21.
Lalu, Nitish share dais after two decades
Forgetting 20 years of political rivalry after Lok Sabha poll debacle, Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar today came on a platform together and accused the BJP government of "dividing" society on communal lines and failing to fullfill promises of checking price rise and generating employment.
Prasad and Kumar, who hugged each other on the dais, addressed a joint election rally at Jamalpur village, 10km from Hajipur town in Vaishali district, about 25 km from Patna, to drum up support for JD(U) candidate Rajendra Rai in the bypoll on Hajipur seat.
Terming his joining hands with Kumar as "home coming" of the two, Prasad appealed to Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to similarly bury the hatchet and join hands to defeat BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
The joint rally of Lalu and Nitish kicked off the by-election campaign of secular alliance of RJD, JD(U) and Congress for 10 assembly seats that would go to vote on August 21.
The appearance of Prasad and Kumar, who had parted ways in 1994, on the same dais was cheered by people and supporters of the three alliance parties.
There was no big leader from Congress at the meeting and the party was represented by its district unit President Sunil Kumar Singh.
Prasad and Kumar, who had parted company in 1994 when Kumar walked out of Janata Dal to form his own Samata Party and succeeded in ousting Prasad from power after aligning with BJP, justified their coming together again.
"We have joined hands not for the sake of power but to save the society and the country which is under threat from forces out to create division on communal lines in the society," Nitish Kumar said addressing the rally.
Prasad said they have come together for the sake of social justice which is threatened by BJP which came to power by "feeding false promises to people".
Prasad said if the vote per centage of RJD, JD(U) and Congress are taken together, it would come to 45 per cent, which is much more than that of BJP which got over 29 per cent vote in Bihar in parliamentary poll.
Nitish Kumar, who resigned as Chief Minister after JD(U) was decimated in the poll, said "it`s for the first time in the history of electoral politics that a party has gained majority on its own in parliamentary election by receiving a "small" vote percentage of 30 per cent.
Launching a sharp attack on BJP government, Kumar said they came to power by "hoodwinking" voters by making several promises and now they are "intoxicated" with power.
"Sarkar chalana aasan hain per desh chalana utna aasan nahi hai (its easy to run government but not the country)," Kumar said.
Taking a potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming him, Kumar, who severed 17 years of ties with BJP on the issue of Modi`s elevation as PM candidate of BJP, said "where is acheche din (good days) promised to people, particularly the youths?"
With PTI inputs