RJD supremo says Bihar election is ‘match over’’ for Narendra Modi 

Patna : For Lalu Prasad Yadav making a last ditch effort to regain power by joining hands with Nitish Kumar, this Bihar election is about caste and nothing else. He minces no words in declaring that the deprived castes need to be empowered by affirmative action and this alone would be the deciding factor. ”The handful of others would not make any difference”, he says in a clear indication to the upper caste voters. It is clear that neither the EC”s rap nor his foe-turned-ally Nitish Kumar”s desire to make it a development focus campaign is going to influence Lalu”s plans.

Seated in his Circular Road home, which is officially Rabri Devi”s residence, Lalu tells FPJ in his inimitable style that it is ”match over” for Narendra Modi in Bihar. ”Modi ne foolish banaya”, he claims in his signature Hinglish. This election would be the beginning of Modi”s end, he says with a gesture of finality.

Fishing out a set of papers from his desk, Lalu tries to prove that his insistence on Mandal is based on harsh historic and social realities. ”Look at the data, it has been released by Govt of India not Lalu Yadav. The data says every third house in India is landless. Fifty one percent of our people thrive on daily wage labour. Caste reality hai…”, he thumbs the table with emphasis. Go out and try to see who are these poor, deprived people? Which segment of the society do they come from? Don”t we all know? Why then is the govt shy of releasing the caste configuration? Isn’t this a political design, he queries.

When I raise these harsh realities they accuse me of talking caste? How can we ignore caste,” he counter questions in an obvious reference to Election Commission of India.

Smita Mishra

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