Lalu Down but Not Out; Vows to Eviscerate NDA

RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav talking to reporters in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Despite having been checkmated by his former rival-turned-friend-turned-avowed enemy Nitish Kumar when the latter walked out of the rag-tag government known as Mahagathbandhan, and despite CBI sleuths virtually breathing on the back of his neck in connection with corruption cases against him, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav continued to remain nonchalant acting like he was in full control of the present and future political landscape of India.

Sitting on his verandah in his trademark 'dhoti and ganjee' on Tuesday, Yadav talked on a host of topics ranging from the 'Grand Betrayal' by Nitish Kumar to the 'failed government' of Narendra Modi.

Armed only with the power to hold rallies and press conferences, the former Chief Minister of Bihar said he would organize yet another rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan on November 8 to protest the NDA government's policy on GST and demonetization.

"The Central government had announced its demonetization move last year on November 8 and that is why I have decided to hold the rally against it on the same date this year. On the occasion, I would ask the NDA leaders to explain what benefit India had incurred in the aftermath of demonetization," Yadav, who is believed to be one of the biggest losers to the demonetization move on account of his huge stash of cash accumulated over years through a number of shady deals, said.

"Demonetization was a dictatorial move by Narendra Modi that hurt the entire nation. The Prime Minister and his men will have to answer to the public," he said.

Yadav laughed out a question on CBI and Enforcement Directorate probing a host of cases involving dubious land deals under fake names saying he was not bothered by these investigations as these agencies won't be able to pin him on anything.

"Lalu Prasad Yadav was never afraid of these charges or agencies and he will never be afraid of them in future. BJP knows it cannot defeat Lalu Prasad Yadav so it is trying to break his tenacity and strong-will. All they want is to intimidate Lalu Prasad Yadav but Lalu Prasad Yadav is not going to be cowed down by them," the RJD chief talked about himself in third person.

Referring to LK Advani's 1990 'rath yatra' in Bihar, Yadav said that just as he was successful in stopping the communal forces to spread its agenda of hatred in the past, he will not rest until he is able to stop the current 'rath' of the Modi government that believed in ruling by adopting divisive politics.

"These people (BJP) have only one goal and that is to pitch one community against other. But as long as Lalu Prasad Yadav is alive, he will not allow these destructive forces to succeed," he said.

Yadav, like disgruntled Janata Dal – U leader Sharad Yadav who is a member of the party in name only, denied the collapse of Mahagathbandhan government in Bihar saying JD-U belonged to Sharad Yadav who was still with the RJD.

"Even Congress is with us so how can one say that Mahagathbandhan has collapsed in Bihar?" he asked.

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