Describing the “special status” demand for Bihar as Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s pet political agenda to boost his career, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad on Thursday said that the CM was nursing an ambition to become Prime Minister of the country.
“The special status demand is nothing but a personal and political agenda of the Chief Minister..... He wants to ride this agenda to become the Prime Minister of the country,” he told reporters after reaching Bhagalpur to undertake a ‘ Parivartan Yatra’ in the district.
However, the Prime Ministerial ambition will merely prove to be a mirage for Mr. Kumar as the people of Bihar have “belatedly realised their mistake of having re-elected the NDA to power which was embroiled in corruption”, said Mr. Prasad.
Massive public protests greeting the CM during his ‘ Adhikar Yatra’ are an indication of the fact that the people are fed up with corruption, lawlessness and misrule of the NDA Government, the RJD chief said, taunting the former to start a reverse count of his days in power.
On the special status issue, Mr. Prasad slammed his bete noire for adopting double standards and said that after strongly opposing the demand made by the then Chief Minister Rabri Devi after bifurcation of Bihar, the latter has conveniently hijacked the agenda for political benefits.
The RJD leader also took a pot-shot at the Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi describing him as an “appendage” of the CM even at a time when the alliance between the JD(U) and BJP has hit a rough patch. - PTI