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Lalu Gears Up to Take on Modi in Bihar

The political temperature is bound to rise in Bihar as RJD chief Lalu Prasad is gearing up to hold a rally parallel to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s Muzaffarpur event on March 3.

Published: 12th February 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2014 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

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The political temperature is bound to rise in Bihar as RJD chief Lalu Prasad is gearing up to hold a rally parallel to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s Muzaffarpur event on March 3.

Reacting to the Lalu move, the Saffron party on Tuesday said it was a deliberate move to create fresh controversy.

“If Lalu holds the rally, he will be “exposed as a dwarf” before Modi. He will come to know about his value,” said BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi. The BJP had applied for three grounds (two in Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology and the one at police line next to it) for their event but the RJD has now sought permission to organise a rally at the police line ground on the same day. 

“Though they have applied for the same venue, the district administration would definitely allot it to us, as we gave the application first,” said the BJP leader. 

“I would suggest even Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to hold a rally of the JD(U) in one of the three venues on the same day to gauge his own popularity,”  Sushil added.

Lalu on Tuesday said it was up to the Chief Minister to decide whether he wanted to allow  the land in Muzaffarpur to his friend Modi, or to him to organise the rally.

The RJD’s decision to hold the rally on the same day has definitely landed the district administration in a difficult position, as the BJP rally demands a lot of security. The October 27 Hunkar Rally in Patna was marred by blasts, in which about six people were killed.

According to RJD MP Ram Kripal Yadav, it would make no difference to his party if Modi addressed public meeting in the same city at the same time. He claimed that Lalu’s rally would be bigger. Senior RJD leader Ram Chandra Purvey pointed out that Lalu, as the chief minister, had in 1990 showed courage to stop BJP leader L K Advani’s Ayodhya rathyatra in Samastipur district and arrested him.

Political observers feel that it’s a symbolic gesture by Lalu to convince his voters, especially Muslims, that he is the prime force in the state to take on Modi in Bihar. This will not only help Lalu to win over his support base but also help corner Nitish, who dumped his 17-year-old ally BJP last year.



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