Lalu bargained with JD(U) to make daughter MLC, says BJP
BIHAR BJP today alleged that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had bargained for a Legislative Council berth for his eldest daughter Misa Bharti in a trade off for support to the JD(U) Government, even as the RJD rubbished the allegation.
"The RJD's support to the JD(U) and its government in Bihar has come at a cost under which Prasad's eldest daughter Misa Bharti will be sent to the Legislative Council," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters here.
However, he did not elaborate the allegation.
The RJD had supported the Manjhi Government during the trust vote last month and bailed out the ruling party in the bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in which JD(U)'s Pavan Kumar Verma and Gulam Rasool Baliyawi scraped through over independent candidates Anil Sharma and Sabir Ali with crucial support by RJD's 19 MLAs in favour of ruling party nominees.
However, RJD Legislature Party leader in the Assembly Abdul Bari Siddique rubbished the allegation.
"The BJP leader is frustrated after the RJD extended support and voted for the ruling party candidates in the Rajya Sabha bypoll foiling his designs to destabilise the JD(U)," Siddique told PTI here.
The RJD leader said his party had backed the JD(U) Government more out of ideological convergence than any political benefits.
Siddique asked the BJP leader to refrain from affairs of other parties.
Modi also accused the Jitan Ram Manjhi government of being more bothered about surviving in office instead of taking effecting measures to contain spiralling crime graph.
"The law and order situation in Bihar at present is as bad as it was in 200506 when the NDA government had taken over the reins of the state," he said.
He claimed that the JD(U) Government shunted Director General of Police Abhayanand to divert attention of the people from the deteriorating law and order situation.
The senior BJP leader criticised former chief minister Nitish Kumar for compromising his ideology and principles and said his decision to take the support of his 'former nemesis' Lalu Prasad for the Manjhi government spoke volumes of his desperation for power.
Modi, a former deputy chief minister, reminded Kumar that it was not him or Lalu Prasad who would decide the outcome of the assembly polls whenever it took place, but the decision would be taken by the people of Bihar.
He said that his party had entered into pre-poll tie-up with the LJP and RLSP would provide a viable alternative to the JD(U) and other parties.
Modi also criticised the JD(U) government for 'hastily implementing' the Food Security Act with effect from March one this year without issuing fresh ration cards to beneficiaries and said that his party would agitate at block level to highlight woes of the people who failed to get their food grain quota for over five months.