New Delhi: Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader Pappu Yadav on Wednesday said that the Indian politics is all about corruption, adding the tussle between Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shows the corrupt and unfaithful side of politics.
“The voters are paid money by the political parties to attain votes. In this country, the one who is corrupt, loots money from the public; a liar and arrogant, that person can become a political leader. This exchange of statements between these two leaders shows the game of cat and mouse. It’s like a transferrable job for these politicians, to keep on switching the party,” Pappu Yadav told ANI.
Interestingly, Pappu Yadav shares his history with the Lalu-Nitish alliance as he was, on May 7, 2015, expelled by the RJD for years due to anti-party activities. On May 9, 2015, Pappu Yadav floated a new party (Jan Adhikar Party) before the elections and campaigned against the grand alliance.
A day after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accused long time ally Lalu Prasad Yadav of being smothered in corruption, the latter on Tuesday hit back asserting that his long-time-friend-turned-foe is a ‘turncoat’ and is known for his dubious character. Lalu said, “I know Nitish Kumar from the beginning as I’m senior to him. He is one big ‘Palturam’ (turncoat) whose true colours will soon show. From the very beginning, he is known for his dubious character. Nitish has forgotten the days when he used to take my blessing and go for any political debate or talks.”
Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lalu said that Nitish used to speak ill of BJP and today he is singing their glory. Earlier on Monday, Nitish, while addressing his first press conference after joining hands with the BJP, declared that no one is capable to face and beat Prime Minister Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He praised Prime Minister Modi, calling him the “biggest leader” in the country and added that “there is no one who can defeat him.” Nitish also explained that he had given his long time friend Lalu Yadav ample opportunities to explain the charges of corruption against him, but to no avail.
If Lalu had explained himself over the corruption allegations, then situation could have been different in Bihar, Nitish said. On July 26, Nitish resigned as Bihar chief minister and ended two-year alliance with the RJD and the Congress over corruption charges against his deputy and Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav.
Nitish, however, the very next day, formed an alliance with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and was sworn-in as the chief minister of the state – for the sixth time.