Sushil Modi said this was the Opposition alliance's bid to eat into the BJP's votes in the upcoming assembly bypolls in the state and will rejoin hands on the last day of elections.
Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi on Tuesday mocked the alleged rift in the RJD-Congress alliance in Bihar, calling it fake and ‘noora kushti’ (fixed fight). He said that this was the Opposition alliance’s bid to eat into the BJP’s votes in the upcoming assembly bypolls in the state and will rejoin hands on the last day of elections.
“Rift between RJD and Congress is fake and ‘noora kushti’ (fixed fight). They have strategically announced a candidate. Congress’ only aim is to make RJD win, it’s not contesting to win, but to make RJD win…They will unite on the last day of polls,” said Modi.
“Once the bypoll ends; wagging its tail, Congress will go back to Lalu…The two can’t be separated, just pretending to cut NDA’s votes…In Assembly polls people voted for NDA not RJD… this time too NDA will win the bypolls with majority…,” he added.
He also targeted the Yadav family over the feud between Lalu’s sons Tejashwi and Tej Pratap. “There’s power struggle between the two brothers… It shows Laluji’s impact, his son doesn’t listen to him… Person who doesn’t have control over his son(s), why would public listen to him.”
Meanwhile, Lalu said that the main role of Opposition should be played by the Congress. “Prime role should be that of Congress. Has anyone helped Congress more than us… It’s an old party, an all-India party, we still consider them so,” he said.
On Sunday, Lalu had mocked Bhakta Charan Das, a Dalit leader and the Congress’ in-charge of Bihar, who has been targeting the RJD after the Prasad-led party fielded candidates for two by-polls in the state without consulting the Congress, an alliance partner.
He questioned the Congress’ usefulness as an ally and wondered if his party should have left an assembly bypoll seat in the state for the national party so that it could lose even its deposit.
The RJD has the largest number of MLAs in the 243-strong assembly and it has been claiming that it will wrest the two seats from the ruling NDA and trigger a “khela” (upheaval) in the state’s politics.
Lalu, who returned to Patna after three years on Sunday, also said he willZ campaign for RJD candidates in the two seats – Kusheshwar Asthan and Tarapur. Notably, Lalu’s younger son Tej Pratap is campaigning for the Congress candidate in Kusheshwar Asthan.