NEW DELHI: The RJD on Sunday said the Opposition has started to come together in several parts of the country and the BJP’s journey from two to 303 seats will start reversing from 2024 as a collective alternative would trump the ”self-centred” politics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rule.
देश भर से आए पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं के आग्रह पर अस्वस्थ होने के बावजूद आज नई दिल्ली के एनडीएमसी कन्वेंशन सेंटर में आहूत पार्टी की राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी की बैठक को संबोधित किया।
भाजपा गरीब, दलित, किसान, युवा, संविधान, आरक्षण और देश विरोधी पार्टी है। pic.twitter.com/cXxWzqgbQS
— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) October 9, 2022
The assertion was made by the party after a meeting of its national executive that was attended by the top brass including RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav.
However, RJD’s Bihar unit chief Jagdanand Singh, who is said to be upset with the party ever since his son Sudhakar Singh was forced to resign from the Nitish Kumar government, skipped the meeting, fuelling talk of changes in the party organisation in the state.
Sudhakar Singh attended the meeting but did not answer queries as to why his father had stayed away.
राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष आदरणीय श्री लालू प्रसाद जी का आदेश:-
किसी भी महत्वपूर्ण या नीतिगत मामलों पर अब सिर्फ सर्वमान्य नेता तेजस्वी यादव ही बोलेंगे।
— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) October 9, 2022
Asked about Jagdanand Singh’s absence, senior party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha said he has close ties with the party’s top leadership and his absence on Sunday cannot undermine the fact of his constant presence over the years.
”He (Singh) may not have come due to certain reasons. I can give it to you in writing that he was with us, is with us, and will remain with us,” Jha told reporters at a press conference after the meeting.
The meeting also saw an upset Tej Pratap Yadav, a minister in the Bihar government and Lalu Prasad’s elder son, who left the meeting in a huff and accused party leader Shyam Rajak of abusing and mistreating his staff.
दिल्ली में सम्पन्न राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी बैठक के दौरान आदरणीय राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री @laluprasadrjd जी का बड़ा संदेश:
‘एकता और भाईचारे को बढ़ाओ, भाजपा अपने आप ख़त्म हो जाएगी’@yadavtejashwi @RJDforIndia @yuva_rajad @DelhiRJD pic.twitter.com/SJXoIjrtc1
— अल्पसंख्यक प्रकोष्ठ, राजद (@MinoritycellRJD) October 9, 2022
The meeting, which was addressed by Lalu Prasad, Tejashwi Yadav and senior party leader Sharad Yadav, saw three resolutions being moved and discussed.
”Three important resolutions were put forward — a political resolution which is crucial as it comes at a time when the country is being taken in an abyss of darkness, on foreign policy, and on the economic situation of the country,” Jha said.
He said the thrust of the speeches by Lalu Prasad, Tejashvi Yadav and Sharad Yadav was that the country’s situation is very serious with unemployment at its hightest in five decades.
”The government has no blueprint. If you talk of unemployment, they talk of bulldozer and hijab. Where there should be a willingness to strengthen communal harmony, there they (BJP) are doing Hindu-Muslim. The country in its 75th year needs a new direction,” Jha said.
”They (the three leaders) pointed out that the change in Bihar is not an ordinary one. We have come together putting aside differences and ego. Now this has to be replicated in the whole country. Opposition will sit together, there will be talks and a progressive document will be prepared against unemployment, inflation and in support of communal harmony so that in the 75th year of independence our heritage is not destroyed,” he said.
Jha said the change that is needed has begun from Bihar and Opposition parties are sitting together in different parts of the country.
दिल्ली में @RJDforIndia की राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी बैठक जोशो-खरोश के साथ प्रारंभ हो चुकी है pic.twitter.com/l4Qp6Jn0rL
— RJD Delhi (@DelhiRJD) October 9, 2022
‘When we sit together, a better alternative will emerge and it would not be an ‘atmamugdh (self-centred)’ person. We have seen the results of self-centred politics in the last eight years which have destroyed all things dear to us,” the senior RJD leader said.
In the context of Opposition unity, Lalu Prasad, Tejashvi Yadav and Sharad Yadav said that all will sit together and issues will be discussed.
Asked if any names were discussed for leading the Opposition camp to take on the BJP in 2024, Jha said it’s not the individual but collectivity that was important.
”We are not buying a shampoo, that this will not work but this will work. Democracy is about collectivity, when collectivity is ended in democracy, it gives rise to Narendra Modis,” the RJD leader said.
राजद राष्ट्रीय कार्यकारिणी की बैठक में माननीय उप मुख्यमंत्री श्री @yadavtejashwi जी का पगड़ी पहनाकर, हरा गमछा कंधों पर डालकर किया गया स्वागत: pic.twitter.com/f5l5YJyz03
— युवा राजद (@yuva_rajad) October 9, 2022
Will the alternative to Narendra Modi be a bigger Narendra Modi or the alternative will be collectivity? he asked.
”Those who say how can an alternative come about, they should recall 2004, was there a face then, how the ‘Shining India’ came down. Their (BJP’s) journey from two seats to 303, will start going in reverse from 2024,” he said.
Jha claimed that the BJP has been rattled with the Opposition joining ranks.
Elaborating on Lalu Prasad’s remarks at the meeting, Jha said he talked of his history of social justice, challenges posed by the RSS-BJP that could destroy the fabric of the country and the roadmap ahead.
हम सभी विपक्षी दलों को दिल्ली से एक संदेश देने आए हैं। बिहार ने हमेशा देश को एक नई दिशा दिखाने का काम किया है- माननीय उपमुख्यमंत्री श्री @yadavtejashwi जी pic.twitter.com/EFah8PWN7b
— Rashtriya Janata Dal (@RJDforIndia) October 9, 2022
Lalu Prasad said that every person has to unite 20 other people and take real issues to villages, according to Jha.
On the CBI filing a charge sheet against Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi in connection with the alleged land-for-railway jobs scam, Jha said ”this is BJP’s charge sheet”.
”We don’t want to act on their directions, so a closed case is reopened and you create characters on your own and then you file a charge sheet. We charge the BJP that you have destroyed the character of these institutions,” he said.
On Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks that caste system should be discarded, Jha said such remarks do not behove those who promote caste system.
”Look at the RSS structure, what social justice is there. RJD chief (Lalu Prasad) quoted from MS Golwalkar’s book ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ that what he thought of Kashi Vishwanath temple, the Constitution and reservation,” he said.
At the national convention of the party, Lalu Prasad will officially be appointed the president having been elected unopposed earlier in the day.
Source: Press Trust of India