Lalu bar­gained with JD(U) to make daugh­ter MLC, says BJP

The Political and Business Daily - - STATES - PBD BUREAU/PTI PATNA, JUNE 24

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.

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