Patna: First time Lok Sabha candidate and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday filed his nomination papers from Patna Saheb in the presence of top party leaders from Bihar along with yoga guru Baba Ramdev Prasad who blessed Prasad and party candidate from Pataliputra Ram Kripal Yadav for success in their parliament bid.
Later speaking at a function at Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in the state capital, Prasad appealed to the voters to make him victorious over his rival and Congress candidate Shatrughan Sinha by such a large margin that it breaks all the past records.
Sinha, a lifelong BJP member and a former colleague of Prasad, had left the BJP a few weeks ago after Modi-Shah team refused to give him a ticket from Patna Saheb, or from anywhere else, for that matter.
"There is a wave going on in favor of Narendra Modi. When the results of the elections are announced on May 23, people will be stunned by its historical verdict," Prasad, whose wife Maya Shankar was also present on the occasion, said.
Prasad further said now that the former BJP leader was in the Congress Party, he should ask his party leaders why they failed to give the due honor to free India's first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad who deserved a statue in the nation's capital and also why Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Narayan was not accorded the Bharat Ratna award.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi took shots at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra saying she left the battlefield before the battle had even begun after the Congress announced that she would not be contesting the Lok Sabha polls.
"If the Congress has the guts, field her from Varanasi so she can go directly against Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he said.
Incumbent MP from Pataliputra constituency Ram Kripal Yadav who filed his nomination papers on Thursday amid a massive road show, slammed his former party saying Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) that used to win elections with the support of Yadavs and Muslims had long lost their support making them irrelevant in this election.
Road Construction Minister Nand Kishore Yadav, Rural Development Minister Shravan Kumar, legislators Nitin Navin, Arun Kumar Sinha, Sanjeev Chaurasia, Ranveer Nandan, former MLA Kiran Ghai, Samrat Chowdhary, and Patna Mayor Sita Sahu were also present at the function.
Others who had earlier filed their nomination papers on Thursday included RJD challenger from Pataliputra seat Misa Bharti, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Kalimuddin, BJP's Chhedi Paswan, and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS