Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor
Patna: RJD chief Lalu Yadav and JD(U) supremo Nitish Kumar, coming together after a gap of two decades to contest elections in Bihar jointly, holding a second rally in Chhapra on Sunday took a dig at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying that they have allied to fight against the `rumour spreading society`.
Compared to the first rally in Hajipur last week, the Chhapra rally saw an increased crowd where the two leaders launched an attack directed at the Bhartiya Janata Party as well as on the RSS while addressing a joint rally.
Urging the party workers, Nitish told them to work hard till the elections, adding that they have allied with the RJD after 20 years against the rumour spreading society.
There were some differences over certain issue, Nitish said on parting ways with the RJD chief. “But this time we have joined forces with Prasad to keep the resurgent BJP away from power in Bihar in the upcoming Assembly election next year,” he said.
Pointing that BJP won due to division of votes of secular parties, Nitish said that stitching together the votes of RJD, JD(U) and Congress we will show BJP its place in the upcoming polls.
Meanwhile, Lalu said that the secular parties lost the General Elections because of the division of votes and asserted that no such mistake will be made this time when the three major parties have joined hands to fight the BJP.
Lalu attacked the BJP saying that party had hijacked Nitish Kumar when JD(U) and BJP were allies. “It was never Nitish who went to the BJP, but was hijacked by the party,” Lalu said while adding that the JD(U) supremo is like his younger brother.
The RJD chief also took on LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan dubbing him as `weather man` and said that he joined hands with the BJP at his convienience while reminding he had resigned from the Vajpayee government over the Godhra riots in 2002 but now is serving as a minister in Modi government who was the then chief minister of Gujarat when riots took place in the state.
Nitish on the other hand congratulated Lalu for selecting good candidates to contest for the upcoming by-polls in Bihar for 10 seats on August 21.
After Nitish parted way with the BJP and suffered defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, JD(U) and RJD announced their alliance and declared that both will jointly contest the upcoming by-polls and the state Assembly elections next year.
The August 21 Assembly by-polls will be held in Hajipur, Chapra, Mohiuddinagar, Narkatiyaganj, Mohania, Jale, Bhagalpur, Banka, Rajnagar and Parbatta.