RJD alleges attempt to weaken Rabri Govt.

PATNA, APRIL 29. Continuing its offensive posture, the Rashtriya Janata Dal today targeted the National Democratic Alliance and its allies to defeat any design the expelled RJD MPs might have of weakening the party's government in Bihar.

The national executive, during the concluding session of the two- day meeting, relentlessly attacked the expelled RJD leaders, adopting a could-not-care-less attitude over the reported split in the party's wing in the Lok Sabha. The spokesman, Mr. Shivanand Tiwari, said there was no information about the alleged desire of the rebel MPs to float a new outfit.

Yesterday, the party president, Mr. Laloo Prasad Yadav, expelled three MPs - Dr. Ranjan Prasad Yadav, Mr. Bhante Dhamma Biriyo (Rajya Sabha members), and Mr. Nagmani (Lok Sabha member) - even as he wooed back several dissident MLAs. He did not initiate action against any legislator, virtually isolating the rebel MPs.

Addressing members of the national executive, Mr. Yadav continued his tirade against the BJP and its allies and a resolution was later adopted condemning the conspiracy to destabilise the Rabri Devi Government.

The resolution was explicitly aimed at obviating the stated attempt of the expelled leaders in garnering the support of various parties including the allies of the NDA. It also took exception to the purported statements of the Jharkhand Government and a BJP Minister at the Centre about the inevitability of Mr. Yadav landing in jail and the preparations in Jharkhand for the purpose.

The executive accused the NDA of indulging in a misinformation campaign as part of a conspiracy to pull down the RJD-led government when no chargesheet was filed in any fresh fodder scam case against Mr. Yadav. The RJD felt the Opposition was prejudging the judicial process, thereby insulting the judiciary. It urged the courts to take cognisance of the NDA's sinister campaign and take appropriate action against the offenders.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has obtained the Governor's sanction in a fresh case and is awaiting the clearance of other authorities before filing a chargesheet.

The RJD also made an issue of the Centre's discriminatory attitude towards Bihar and condemned the attempt to reduce it to ``an internal colony'' to benefit other States by weaning away its resources. It also raised the issue of the economic package promised by the Centre in lieu of the division of the State.

Apart from exposing the NDA over the issue of development, the RJD reiterated its commitment to the Mandal- oriented politics by demanding reservation for the Dalits, backward classes and the extremely backward communities, in the judiciary, besides a judicial commission for the appointment of judges.

With the dissidents taken care of at the legislative level, the meeting set in motion the electoral process at the organisational level to have a party totally committed to the president. The organisational elections are likely to be completed by mid- October.

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