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Lalu: I will work for party’s revival

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CAMPAIGN TIME AGAIN: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan address a rally at Fatua in Patna for the Assembly by-election, in favour of LJP candidate Puneet Rai.
CAMPAIGN TIME AGAIN: RJD chief Lalu Prasad and LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan address a rally at Fatua in Patna for the Assembly by-election, in favour of LJP candidate Puneet Rai.

“Will spend an entire year in villages across Bihar among the poor”

Patna: With the prospects of his return to the Union Cabinet appearing bleak, RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Sunday said that he was going to devote full time to reviving his party that was battered in the recent elections in Bihar.

“We have lent unconditional support to the Congress-led secular government and becoming a Minister is not an issue,” he said. “Now I will go to the people in villages and devote all my time to the revival of my party. I will spend an entire year in villages across Bihar among the poor.”

Striking a philosophical note, Mr. Prasad said, “I have weathered many a political storm. In politics, today’s winner is tomorrow’s loser. Victory and defeat are normal happenings.”

“RJD’s defeat in the elections notwithstanding, I will ensure that Bihar’s interests are protected,” he said while addressing an election meeting to canvass support for LJP nominee Puneet Rai in the byelection to the Fatwah Assembly constituency in Rural Patna.

Mr. Prasad said the poor forgot his contributions to alleviating their suffering during the Kosi floods. “I was instrumental in sending Army men for their rescue and despatched cargo trains with relief material free of cost.”

“Often in politics those who do good work lose and those who merely brag about reaching fruits of development to the people win,” he added.

All five seats in the Kosi region — Madhepura, Supaul, Katihar, Purnia and Araria — were bagged by the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections. — PTI


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