Taslimuddin an `opportunist`, says RJD
Last Updated: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 00:18
  
Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Friday 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.

He charged Taslimuddin with "trying to defame RJD which made him minister in state and Central cabinet."

"In fact, there are some leaders who does politics only for the lust of power and Taslimuddin is one among them," he said.

Taslimuddin, who unsuccessfully contested the last Lok Sabha elections on an RJD ticket from Kishanganj in Bihar, accused Prasad of "cheating minorities all through for the sake of votes."

Referring to the infamous Bhagalpur riots which claimed more than 1,000 lives, Taslimuddin alleged that when he was Chief Minister, Prasad had "instead of ensuring justice to the victims, glorified its prime accused Kameshwar Yadav-like rioters.

"The minorities are not not getting respect and honour in the party they deserve for favouring the RJD," he said and alleged that arrogance reflected in every action of Prasad.

When contacted, Taslimuddin confirmed that he had resigned from the RJD and party post.

He, however, kept the cards of joining ruling JD(U) or any other party close to his chest. "I will decide my future political strategy in a day or two," Taslimuddin, who was minister in the erstwhile UPA government, told agency.

Taslimuddin has not not been maintaining good terms with Prasad ever since he lost the elections from Kishanganj.

Several senior RJD leaders, including close confidant of Prasad and former Bihar minister Shyam Rajak, former MLA Ramai Ram, soon after the last Lok Sabha polls, switched over to the ruling JD(U) protesting against alleged "autocratic style of functioning of the party leadership".

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 00:18


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