Bihar

Lalu Prasad will walk free, bid Nitish farewell, says Tejashwi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav at an election rally at Hisua in Nawada district, on October 23, 2020.  

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and mahagathbandhan’s chief ministerial face Tejashwi Yadav said on Friday that his father Lalu Prasad would come out of jail on November 9.

“Laluji... has got bail in one case and will secure one in another case on November 9, which also happens to be my birthday. The next day, on November 10, Nitishji will have his farewell,” he said at an election rally at Hisua in Nawada district, where he shared the dais with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Convicted RJD chief Lalu Prasad is currently undergoing treatment at Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), while staying in Kelly’s bungalow inside the hospital premises. He was recently granted bail by the Jharkhand High Court in one of the fodder scam cases, but could not come out of jail as his bail plea in another case was yet to be heard. He is expected to get bail when the petition is taken up on November 9 as he would have already completed more than half of the jail term in the case by that date. 

The three-phase election to the Bihar Assembly will end on November 7 and the results will be out on November 10. 

Mr. Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of failure to end corruption, create jobs and stop migration of workers to other States. “Nitishji, you are tired…you won't be able to take care of Bihar now,” he said. Recalling Mr. Kumar’s recent statement that Bihar had missed the industrialisation boom as it was “landlocked,” Mr. Yadav reiterated his promise to create 10 lakh government jobs if voted to power. “Those who did not give you jobs, education, health facilities and industries in 15 years will not do all this in the next five years,” he said. 

Later, addressing the media in Patna, the RJD leader said he was expecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to say something about this. “Mr. Modi should ask Nitish Kumarji and tell us why in the last 15 years of his [Mr Kumar’s] regime no industrialisation has taken place in the State and why no employment was generated…And I also want to ask PM Modi when Bihar will get the special State status and a special package,” he said. 

“Now BJP says 19 lakh jobs will be created in five years if they come to power, but I would like to ask in which BJP ruled State have they provided even 5 lakh jobs in the last five years,” said the RJD leader. 

On the huge turnout at his public meetings, Mr. Yadav said, “it is because people hate the present regime…they’re angry.”

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