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Lalu Prasad terms Nitish Kumar ‘Paltu Ram’ of politics, accuses CM of using him

Calling Kumar an "opportunist" and "Paltu Ram" (turncoat), Lalu said, even if Tejaswi had tendered his resignation the JD(U) leader would have gone ahead with his plan to split the alliance.

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Aug 02, 2017, 01.11 AM IST
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"Tejaswi Yadav was just an excuse ... The match was fixed between him (Kumar) and the BJP to form a government together," Prasad said.
PATNA: Terming Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as “Rajniti Ka Paltu Ram” (turncoat of politics), former CM and RJD boss Lalu Prasad recalled the contributions he had allegedly made in the growth of Nitish’s political career right from the days of his student politics. He even accused Nitish of using him for the sake of power. RJD chief Lalu claimed Nitish was never a visible face as student leader on the university campus.

“I was elected as general secretary in 1970-71session of the Patna University. It was my efforts which led to beginning of direct elections on University campus. I was only candidate who got permission to seek votes from students on the campus of Patna Women’s College and Magadh Mahila College. I was selected as convenor of the Chchatra Sangharsh Samiti by JP (Jaiprakash Narayan),” Lalu recalled. Lalu was referring to Bihar CM’s claim regarding his support to the RJD chief durng the days of Patna University Student politics. He added he had lost faith in Nitish long time ago.

“I was never in favour of putting him in position of power. However, Mulayam Singh Yadavji asked me to accept him. I wanted to defeat the communal forces,” Lalu said while referring to the initial developments in the way of emergence of grand alliance just before the 2015 assembly polls. “Ab To JDU Raha Nahi. ………Jai Siya Ram Karte Raho (Now, JD U has no existence. Keep on chanting Jai Siya Ram,” Lalu further said in his reference to the exit of Bihar CM Nitish.

Kumar from Grand Alliance. Lalu was also unhappy with Nitish’s claim regarding transfer of JDU votes to RJD in the last assembly polls.

“Do Bar MLA Hara. Kahan Se Hara- Harnaut se (He lost assembly polls on two occasions from Harnaut,” Lalu remarked. He also remembered he was elected to the Lok Sabha in 1977. He further claimed he had extended all help to Nitish to win Lok Sabha polls from Barh seat in 1989.

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