Lalu lacking from poster, ‘yuva’ Tejashwi lords over social gathering

Patna, September 14

Visitors to the RJD headquarters in Bihar capital really feel intrigued by a brand new election poster put up in entrance of the premises, gigantic in dimensions however with out a picture of its bigger than life founding president Lalu Prasad.

Prasad’s youthful son and inheritor obvious Tejashwi Yadav, who will probably be main the opposition Grand Alliance as its chief ministerial candidate, finds a satisfaction of place on the massive rectangular sheet with a yellow background which guarantees nayi soch, naya Bihar (a brand new Bihar with a brand new imaginative and prescient).

He options within the poster alone.

The poster has Tejashwi Yadav’s {photograph}, trying resolute with arms throughout the chest, as a blue-coloured map of Bihar kinds the background.

The second line of the election slogan coined by the social gathering, ‘yuva sarkar, abki baar’, is shorn of the earthy imaginativeness that was attribute of Prasad.

It additionally appears like a straight raise from the slogan ‘abki baar, Modi sarkaar’ of 2014, which had caught the natio’ns consideration and helped the BJP obtain unprecedented electoral success.

Old-timers, nevertheless, appear not impressed with the thought of dropping from the RJD poster its jailed supremo who’s acknowledged, throughout social gathering traces, as the most important crowd puller ever seen in Bihar’s political area.

Lalu floated RJD as a splinter group of the Janata Dal he was heading in 1997. Since then the social gathering has been synonymous along with his persona.

“All members of his family, be it his wife Rabri Devi, whose tenure as chief minister was longer than that of her husband, or their sons….they are nothing more than a pale shadow of the party chief who is, ironically, the party’s biggest asset as well as liability,” mentioned an outdated affiliate of Prasad, lodged in judicial custody in Ranchi, informed PTI.

Wanting to not be named, he identified how the as soon as highly effective RJD drew a clean within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when Prasad was behind bars in Jharkhand capital after his conviction in fodder rip-off circumstances.

NDA leaders additionally scoffed on the “belated” try by the RJD at an “image makeover” by leaving Prasad out of the poster.

They additionally mentioned if Prasad got here out of jail, it’ll profit the NDA greater than the RJD.

The NDA, which guidelines the Centre in addition to Bihar, has usually been accused of attempting to hinder Lalu Prasad’s launch from jail forward of the meeting polls. “While this betrays the RJD’s complete ignorance of, and disrespect for, legal processes, let me also add that if he comes out during elections, it is us and not they who will stand to gain,” Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had mentioned.

The Deputy CM thereafter went on to recount the lawlessness, corruption and financial stagnation that the 15-year-long Lalu-Rabri rule had come to symbolise, and asserted that reminiscences of these days have been alive like festering wounds within the state’s collective psyche.

With Lalu out within the open, individuals will robotically recoil in horror and are available dashing in direction of the NDA as no one needs that darkish period to return, he had informed a celebration assembly a couple of days in the past that was additionally attended by BJP nationwide president J P Nadda.

Die-hard Lalu loyalists, nevertheless, nonetheless really feel that the social gathering supremo’s charisma issues.

They fondly recollect how the RJD clinched 80 of the state’s 243 meeting seats whereas contesting the 2015 polls in alliance with Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), the Congress and another smaller events. Lalu was then not in jail and had extensively campaigned for the Grand Alliance.

With Lalu Prasad in jail and a key satrap like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, a former union minister and an influential Rajput chief, lifeless, it stays to be seen if Tejashwi, as projected within the poster, can steer the social gathering out of the woods within the state elections which can be seemingly in October-November. PTI


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