Can weave Rail Bhavan magic in Bihar: Lalu

Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad today claimed that given a chance, he can weave the same magic for Bihar as he did to the Railways.

"If you make me the chief minister, you will see me in a different avatar... I will do the same magic for Bihar what I did while being at the Rail Bhavan," he told an election rally here.

He was apparently referring to the reported turnaround the Railways achieved under his stewardship.

In a fresh diatribe against the Nitish Kumar government, he said, "Nitish has only befooled and cheated the people during the past five years," and appealed to the electorate to vote for RJD and make him chief minister once again.

Hitting out at the Congress for its stand against his party in the ongoing Bihar polls, Prasad sang a line from yesteryear's song by Mohammad Rafi 'Matlab nikal gaya to pahchanate nahin' from "Amanat".

He claimed that RJD was instrumental in installing the Congress-led government at the Centre in 2004 after "inflicting humiliating defeat on communal and fascist forces" but now they are "behaving differently".

In a sarcastic vein, he said, "Matlab nikal gaya hai to ab pahchanate nahin aur dikhane par ghasakane se manate nahin (now they try to escape from meeting us after their purpose has been served)."

He also described Congress leaders as opportunists. "I have seen the Congress leaders from close," Prasad, who was the Railway minister in the first UPA government, said.