Congress, RJD attacks Ram Vilas Paswan for 'ditching' them

Written by Press Trust of India | Patna | Updated: Mar 1 2014, 00:33am hrs
Congress and RJD today launched attack on Ram Vilas Paswan for "ditching" them and joining hands with Bharatiya Janata Party, forgetting his hard-hitting comments on Narendra Modi over 2002 riots.

Bihar Congress President Ashok Chaudhary said in a statement here that it reflected "opportunistic" thinking of the dalit leader who has "sacrificed principles for the sake of family interest."

"He has not only lost his credibility but proved that family interest is more supreme for him than principles and commitment towards welfare of dalit samaj," Chaudhary, who himself hails from weaker section, said.

He had resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the name of Godhra riots in 2002 and had since regularly criticised Narendra Modi as communal. "But, today he has decided to forge alliance with the same Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi," he said.

RJD Secretary General Ramkripal Yadav said Paswan has to explain to the people how he has joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party which along with Nitish Kumar excluded his (Paswan's) caste from the lits of mahadalit (poorer among poor in dalit community) in Bihar,".

"The court might have given some decision in his favour in connection with Gujarat riots but Narendra Modi has yet not got clean chit from people's court. Paswanji has to answer to the masses about his joining hands with same Narendra Modi," the Secretary General of Lalu Prasad's party said.

RJD dalit leaders Suresh Paswan and Lallan Paswan told reporters that Ram Vilas Paswan has played with the interest of the weaker section.

PCC President said the Bharatiya Janata Party and LJP tie up would have no political impact.

The way they gave 7 seats to Paswan's party and 3 to Lok Samta Party of rebel JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha makes it clear that Bharatiya Janata Party does not have suitable candidates for 40 Parliamentary seats of Bihar, Chaudhary said.