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RJD not to press for Ramkripal Yadav`s disqualification as MP

Last Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 21:50

Patna: RJD will not press for disqualification of its Rajya Sabha MP Ramkirpal Yadav from the Upper House of the Parliament after he "deserted" the party on being denied a ticket from the Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat.

"I will not press for (Ramkirpal) Yadav`s disqualification as Rajya Sabha MP and I continue to wish him and his family good luck in life despite his desertion," RJD supremo Lalu Prasad told reporters on Sunday.

Prasad said he would also not take any action against the disgruntled Rajya Sabha MP for questioning the party`s decision to give a ticket to Misa Bharti from Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat in the ensuing general elections.

"I have learnt from media reports that Yadav has decided to quit all posts in the RJD after announcement of Bharati`s candidature from Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat and the matter should rest there," the RJD supremo said.

Defending his decision to give a ticket to his eldest daughter from Pataliputra, a seat that Ramkripal Yadav had held for three terms, Prasad said, he was authorised by the party to take all decisions in its interest and he did exactly that by giving a ticket to Bharti.

He said his daughter did her best to mollify Yadav and also went to his Delhi residence two days ago, but all her efforts went in vain as the latter did not meet her.

Bharti, though miffed with Yadav for not extending basic courtesy to her, maintained she was hopeful that the disgruntled RJD MP would campaign for her and ensure her victory at the hustings.

"I am still hopeful that Ramkripal Uncle will campaign for me in the elections," she told reporters.

Later in the day, addressing an election rally in Banka district, Prasad launched a scathing attack on the BJP saying the party posed a serious threat to the unity and integrity of the country.

"It will imperil the unity and integrity of the country if the communal and fascist BJP comes to power at the Centre after the general elections," he said.

Prasad exhorted the people to bring the secular forces to power at the hustings so that the "divisive" BJP under the leadership of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi could be defeated.

He also lashed out at the JD(U) and said the ruling party in Bihar was the other side of the same coin which the BJP represents.

"Both the JD(U) and the BJP had done business for nearly two decades and the two may again come together after the general elections for lust of power," the RJD supremo said, adding the "love affair" between the two estranged allies was not over as the two shared a common ideology.

First Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 21:50
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