The Weekend Leader - Don't make a historical blunder, Lalu to Nitish

Don't make a historical blunder, Lalu to Nitish

New Delhi


Terming the opposition's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar as "Dalit Ki Beti", RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said the JD-U's decision to support NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind was a "historical blunder" and called for a review.

"Today I am appealing (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar to reconsider his decision and support the daughter of Bihar," Lalu Prasad told reporters after Meira Kumar was fielded after a meeting of 17 opposition parties led by the Congress.

"Don't make a historical blunder. It was a wrong decision of your party (backing Kovind)," Lalu added. 

The RJD leader's remarks came a day after the JD-U announced support to Kovind in the July 17 Presidential election. The JD-U also skipped the opposition meeting here.

Lalu Prasad's RJD and Nitish Kumar's JD-U along with the Congress are the part of the Grand Alliance in Bihar.

Lalu said he would meet Nitish Kumar and urge him to reconsider his decision to support Kovind.

"I am going to Patna tomorrow (Friday) and I shall speak to him about this. I will tell him not to make a historical blunder by supporting Kovind. He should not give up the ideological battle," he said.

The RJD chief also said that it was Nitish Kumar who took the initiative to unite the opposition on the Presidential election.

"Nitish had said he would go along with the opposition candidate. But his party yesterday announced support for Kovind on the basis of his personality," he said. "Choice is not made on the basis of personality but on ideology.

"We had come together to stop the fascist forces," the RJD leader said.

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not discussing the name of its Presidential candidate before the announcement, Lalu Prasad said: "The BJP never communicated their choice of Presidential candidate before announcing it.

"What are they doing in return for us? They are pressurising me to surrender."

The RJD chief made it clear that despite JD-U's decision to back Kovind, there was no threat to the Bihar government.

"Whether he betrayed us or not he knows that. We have our coalition there and the government will continue. Their is no threat to our government," he said. - IANS

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