Taking a jibe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent flip-flop over support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and dissolution of the Grand Alliance in the state, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said the former is a political turncoat and is hungry for power. Addressing the ‘Desh Bachao-Bhajpa Bhagao’ rally here, the former deputy chief minister said there is not even a single person left who Nitish Kumar has not betrayed (‘aisa koi saga nahin, jisey Nitish ne thagaa nahin’).
Thanking people for coming in large number despite the floods in the state, Tejashwi said, “Nitish Kumar was like an uncle and will always be, but he has insulted the mandate given by the people of Bihar. He is a political turncoat and is hungry for power.”
“Brotherhood and diversity form the beauty of our country and they should be maintained and I am not speaking today as a son of Lalu Yadav. We have to save our country and throw away the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),” he said attacking the BJP.
He also appealed the people to come together and fight against the misrule of BJP.
“We talked about Bharat, they talk about India; we talk about smart villages, they talk about smart cities; we talk about the poor and they talk about the rich. We talk about justice, they talk about injustice. I want to ask the BJP if the Pakistan, China tension is resolved. Have the farmers issue been solved? It is high time to come together and fight against the misrule of BJP,” he added.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s mega rally ‘BJP bhagao, Desh bachao’ in Patna’s Gandhi Maidan saw participation from Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, as well as rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, who is staring at an expulsion from the party for defying orders.
“Earlier it was rally of the RJD, but now it has become a rally of Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) to save the country,” Yadav told reporters at Jay Prakash Narayan Airport in Patna on his arrival on Saturday.
Asked about his party warning that participation in the rally would invite action against him, Yadav refused to make any comment saying “Kuch nahi bolna hain” (I have nothing to say). Meanwhile, a lot of other senior leaders from other parties also shared the dais with RJD leader Lalu Prasad. Earlier, the RJD chief said that the rally would be an important event ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls in which a united opposition would throw the BJP out of power.
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