Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav said that the elections will be about issues and not a US presidential-style clash between two candidates from opposing sides.
Speaking to the TV channel, Yadav, like Pawar, came up with his own formula for choosing a PM saying, it could be decided “in a meeting of all like-minded party leaders in five minutes”.
Calling questions on prime ministerial candidate a way to “divert attention”, Lalu Yadav said the next parliamentary election will be about the “promises made five years ago and how people are feeling cheated as the Narendra Modi government failed on all fronts”.
“You tell me – except for changing the goal posts, what else they have done?” questioned the 70-year-old leader of Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Pawar had also said that the Opposition party with the most number of seats could put forth a prime ministerial candidate.
“We have to get the parties together that are not with BJP now. The aim should be to get the BJP out (of power), then after the elections whichever party has more MPs can claim the PM’s chair,” Pawar had said.
They are trying to put emergency- Said Lalu
“See, the fight is very simple… they are trying to put emergency and resorting to all kind of fascist tactics. So whoever believes in that, will remain with them and whoever believes in democracy, tension-free society, free speech and welfare of Dalits, backwards and minorities, will come with us,” said the leader, who due to his conviction, in ineligible to contest elections or hold public office for at least six years.
When asked whether he is open to the idea of joining hands with CM Nitish Kumar, Lalu said-
“He used to talk about RSS-Mukta Bharat” (an India free of the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological mentor). But now, Nitish Kumar is running the government with BJP, “so there’s no question or joining hands once again,”
Lalu Prasad on Arrest of Five activists After Raids In Seven Cities
He spoke to the media at Patna airport before departing for Ranchi where he has to surrender before the CBI court on Thursday. Condemning arrests of five activists after raids in seven cities, he said that the country “is headed for autocracy”.
“Modi ji is feeling frightened that he would be attacked. Nobody knows who will be arrested when. They are making way for emergency,” he said.
Lalu also exuded confidence in the judiciary and hoped he would ultimately get justice. “I respect judiciary and on the direction of the court going to surrender myself tomorrow. There is a conspiracy going on against me and my family”, the RJD chief added.
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