Patna: The BJP on Sunday sought to run down
the claim of its rival alliance for a mandate in the assembly
polls stating that burning of effigy of Rashtriya Janata Dal
chief Lalu Prasad sounded RJD`s `death knell`.
Claiming those who burnt Prasad`s effigy were RJD
youth workers, BJP National Vice-President Kiran Ghai told
reporters "it was only some years ago that no worker or leader
dared to stand in front of him (Prasad) or question him on any
"But the RJD workers were so disenchanted with him
that they burnt his effigy right in front of the party office
yesterday," Ghai said.
A group youths, whose party affiliations are yet to be
officially confirmed, yesterday burnt the effigy of Prasad
outside the party office for allegedly neglecting them in the
selection process of party nominees and claimed that they have
shifted from the party to ruling JD(U).
The burning of Prasad`s effigy was the latest blow to
him and the RJD in the run up to the assembly polls after a
spate of desertion by senior leaders and his own brothers
in-law, the BJP leader said.
The time-tested Muslim-Yadav factor too has crumbled
much to the discomfort of the RJD `boss`, Ghai said.
"Now, he is left with himself, better half Rabri Devi
and son Tejaswee".
Ghai expressed confidence that the NDA will return to
power for a second successive term by riding on the slogan of
`Vikas (development) vs `Vinaas` (destruction) and 15 years
rule vs five years of governance.