RJD VP Taslimuddin resigns from party; slams Lalu
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Last Updated: Friday, August 28, 2009, 22:03
Patna: In a jolt to RJD, its national vice-president Taslimuddin today resigned from the party charging its chief Lalu Prasad with treating the organisation as his "personal property".

"I am resigning from the primary membership of the RJD and the party's vice-presidentship," Taslimuddin, also a former Union minister, said in a letter addressed to Prasad.

Stating that he had "sweet and sour experiences" during his long tenure in the party, the former Union minister alleged that RJD had been "virtually usurped by Lalu Prasad who treats it as nothing but a personal property".

"Senior party leaders are not being consulted on important policy matters and the party is being treated as a mere tool to nurture personal interests of Lalu and his family," he charged in the letter that was released to press.

Taslimuddin alleged that Prasad had not even bothered to take him into confidence on important issues related to alliance and strengthening of the organisation though he had been its vice-president.

Taslimuddin an opportunist: RJD

Lalu Prasad today dubbed as "politics of opportunism" the resignation of Taslimuddin from his party and said the former Union minister would join ruling JD(U) in Bihar.

"It is a clear example of politics of opportunism," Prasad said when his comment was sought on Taslimuddin's resignation.

He predicted that the former Union minister would join the JD(U).

Brushing aside Taslimuddin's accusations against the party chief (Lalu Prasad), RJD Spokesman Shakeel Ahmed said Prasad had always worked for the uplift of minorities.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 28, 2009, 22:03

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