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Lalu stopped Advani’s rath, Nitish will do the identical to Modi: Tejashwi

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Lalu stopped Advani's rath, Nitish will do the same to Modi: Tejashwi

The RJD chief mentioned opposition events have been coming collectively to defeat the ruling BJP on the Centre.

PATNA: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday claimed that the state’s ruling ‘Mahagathbandhan’ led by his boss Nitish Kumar would “stop Narendra Modi’s chariot” like his father Lalu Prasad had halted “Advani’s rath yatra.”

The younger RJD chief mentioned opposition events have been coming collectively to defeat the ruling BJP on the Centre, which he accused of “failing to fulfil promises” made up to now and “raising the Hindu versus Muslim binary whenever its shortcomings were pointed out”.

Yadav made the remarks in a hard-hitting speech delivered at a operate organised by the state’s handloom weavers’ cooperative union, the place he additionally underscored “the country belongs to all communities and no social group can be deprived of its rights.”

“Be it Hindus, Muslims or any other religious community, all had fought for the country’s Independence,” mentioned Yadav, including that “we hear outrageous remarks from some quarters, suggesting that Muslims be deprived of their voting rights.”

“But rest assured, as long as leaders like Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are around, nobody can dare do anything of the sort… The country is not the property of anybody’s father,” mentioned Yadav, evoking wild applause.

“Lalu had stopped the rath (chariot) of L K Advani. Now, the ‘Mahagathbandhan’, led by Nitish Kumar, will stop the rath of (Narendra Modi),” mentioned the Bihar deputy CM.

Referring to Kumar’s opposition unity drive, as a part of which leaders of varied events are scheduled to participate in a conclave right here on June 23, Yadav mentioned they have been attempting to make sure that Congress and regional events come collectively.

“If these people (BJP) return to power, this country will be ruined,” he mentioned.

Yadav alleged that makes an attempt have been being made to rewrite the nation’s historical past.

“It seems as if a dictator is in the seat of power and we are compelled to obey his commands. The Constitution is being tinkered with. Nothing worthwhile has been achieved,” he claimed.

“Promises had been made (by those in power) like two crore jobs, Rs 15 lakh in every bank account, doubling of farmers’ incomes by the year 2022…none of these was fulfilled. When we raise questions on these failed promises, they try to divert public attention by talking about Hindus versus Muslims, temples versus mosques,” the RJD chief mentioned.

Later, speaking to reporters, he expressed delight over Bihar being “all set to play yet another historic role when leaders of different opposition parties will converge here as part of the fight against the BJP in Lok Sabha polls.”

“I had accompanied Nitish Kumar when he called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. She had exhorted us to take the lead, invoking the legacy of Jayaprakash Narayan,” he mentioned.

Asked in regards to the BJP’s plans to carry a rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bihar in an obvious bid to neutralise the tempo generated by the opposition conclave, Yadav mentioned, “Everybody is free to visit any part of the country. But I wonder when the PM comes here, would he announce the grant of special status to the state.”

“As a matter of fact, the BJP is scared of facing the Lok Sabha polls next year. Not for nothing has Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited Bihar so many times ever since his party lost power here,” claimed Yadav.

Earlier within the day, whereas speaking to reporters exterior the regional passport workplace which he visited to get journey paperwork made for his three-month-old daughter, Yadav additionally predicted “a series of defeats” for the BJP in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the place meeting polls are due later this 12 months.

The deputy CM, who holds the street building portfolio, bristled when he was requested in regards to the BJP’s demand for a CBI inquiry into the latest collapse of a portion of a bridge over the river Ganges.

“I do not want to engage in politics over the issue. Appropriate action will be taken. But I would like to know why did the BJP not get a CBI inquiry ordered last year when another portion of the bridge had caved in. The party was then sharing power in the state and one of its leaders was road construction minister,” mentioned the RJD chief.