The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday charged Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad with playing a “villainous” role at the behest of Congress to ensure that the Lokpal Bill was not passed in the Rajya Sabha.

“Laluji plays a villainous role in the script written by Congress to ensure that the Bill was not passed in the Rajya Sabha,” BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Patna.

The BJP was ready for debate on the issue even after midnight on December 29, but the Congress under a “well-hatched conspiracy” forced an abrupt end of the debate, he said.

The BJP leader said that his party had decided to launch a “Save Democracy-Remove Congress” campaign across the country from January 3, 2012 for eight days. “We’ll hold nationwide sit-ins during the period,” he said.

A BJP delegation jointly led by L.K. Advani and party president Nitin Gadkari would organise a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 3 to hand over a memorandum to the President, he said.

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