Why should we not expect namecalling when political bigwigs are fighting it out on the battlefield of Bihar? Until a few minutes ago we, the people, who are observing every political development in Bihar quite minutely were missing the ‘entertainment’ factor that is a part of every electoral campaign. So we must than the quintessential Lalu Prasad Yadav for not disappointing us. The RJD chief called BJP president Amit Shah a ‘narbhakshi’ (maneater), referring to the Gujarat riots of 2002. This is what he said:
Like a seasoned politician who has mastered his command over speech, Lalu questioned why the ‘maneater’ Shah was touring Bihar.
Amit Shah, who is also the principal architect behind the party’s campaign in Bihar, had yesterday accused both Lalu and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of diverting people’s attention from development and other key issues. He had asserted that his party has never had any intention of making any changes in the reservation policy – an issue that BJP’s opponents have been highlighting.
Shah had called Nitish a “backstabber” for parting ways with the BJP over “pseudo-secular” issues and called Lalu “the architect of 15-years of jungle raj in Bihar”.
JD(U), RJD and INC are part of the Janata Parivar group, while Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA front is fighting alongside Lok Janshakti Party, Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and Hindustani Awam Morcha. JD(U) and RJD will be contesting from 100 seats each in the 243 strong assembly. BJP, on the other hand, will contest from 160.