AAP fooling voters, says RJD chief

The former Bihar Chief Minister, Lalu Prasad, said on Tuesday that he would go along if Rahul Gandhi was declared prime ministerial candidate by the UPA but he preferred that the PM candidate be decided after elections.

“Let the Congress decide who will be their candidate. Who will be CM or PM should be decided after polls,” he said. To a question whether he would back Mr. Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate, he said “What does he lack? Rahul Gandhi is a youth leader, he is fit to be PM.”

Speaking to the media in Hazaribagh and Koderma districts, Mr Prasad continued his attack on the BJP. “I did not let L.K. Advani’s rath enter Bihar and now, I will rein in [Narendra] Modi’s rath of communal politics.”

Mr. Prasad said he planned to visit riot victims in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and travel widely all over the country to oppose “communal forces.”

Dig at AAP

The RJD chief took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal. He dismissed the AAP’s performance in the Delhi Assembly elections as a bubble. “Sab behroopiyein hain (They are impostors),” he said. “They are fooling voters. Their promises of reduced electricity bills, pucca houses in slums are lies. They roam with mufflers over their heads and fool people.”

Mr. Prasad lauded the work done by the coalition government headed by Hemant Soren in Jharkhand, of which his party Rashtriya Janta Dal is a partner along with the Congress.

The RJD chief visited the Rajrappa temple in Ramgarh district with his son Tejaswi Yadav.

While Mr. Prasad reached Patna on Tuesday evening, a SUV that had accompanied him to Bihar capital met with an accident on the way back to Jharkhand. Driver Sanjay Gupta, a resident of Bihar, was killed and seven persons travelling in the car were injured, said Jharkhand RJD Minister Annapurna Devi.