New Delhi: Congress party’s strategy of ignoring Lalu Prasad Yadav and his party RJD continues without any change. This seems rather amazing for a party that has got almost blind support from the Yadav chieftain whose party is a senior partner in Bihar government.
There is no denying that the RJD support would have continued without any hitch, had Rahul Gandhi, in his zest to portray a clean image not just ditched Lalu Prasad by tearing the ordinance on convicted politicians. He called it a complete nonsense thus leading Lalu to spend many months in a Jharkhand prison.
This obviously didn’t do a great service to Lalu’s cause. On the contrary it forced him to go into a political wilderness for many years. Obviously, Rahul didn’t realize that Lalu will bounce back so fast. Now as almost every political party is trying to gain political mileage out of the notebandi (demonetization) crisis forced upon the entire nation by Narendra Modi government.
The differences are yet to be sorted out as it both the parties are separately campaigning against notebandi. This may be the reason that the Congress party and the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Tuesday made it clear that they will not join the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)’s ‘Mahadharna’ (huge sit-in programme) against demonetisation on December 28 in Bihar.
While talking about the RJD sponsored campaign against notebandi President of the Bihar unit of Congress Ashok Choudhary said his party would not participate in the Mahadharna against demonetisation on Wednesday. “The Congress will not support RJD’s protest programme against note ban,” Choudhary, who is also the Bihar Education Minister, said.
Meanwhile a JDU spokesperson says, “The JD-U will not support or join any protest against demonetisation until party President and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has supported demonetisation as a step against black money, reviews and analyses its impact after 50 days”. The JD-U, Congress and the RJD are constituents of Bihar’s ruling Grand Alliance.
Last week Lalu announnced that the RJD will on December 28 stage a sit-in at all district headquarters across the state. He and Rabri Devi will join the sit-in at Patna. The party has also planned a massive rally here early next year. Lalu has been attacking the Prime Minister for the ‘flop demontisation show’ and the central government’s failure to implement the decision properly.
He has been a vocal opponent against the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, that used to be more than 85 percent of the entire currency in circulation. Unlike Nitish Kumar, who has been supporting demonetisation, the RJD chief has opposed the scrapping of Rs 500/1,000 notes ever since its announcement on November 8. Lalu had a few days ago expressed hope that Nitish Kumar will join his party’s protest programme.