RJD chief Lalu Prasad addressing an election rally in Naugachiya on Tuesday. Pic/PTI
RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday said the BJP-led National Democractic Alliance (NDA) is contesting Bihar assembly polls like hosting a wedding without bridegroom, which the grand alliance has in Nitish Kumar.
Taking a swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA alliance for not declaring any chief ministerial candidate ahead of the state assembly polls, Lalu Prasad at a rally in Jamui district said: "We, the grand alliance, have dulha (bridegroom) Nitish Kumar. But BJP-led NDA has no dulha."
The former Bihar chief minister, who has a way with words, said people would reject such a marriage party which lacks the bridegroom.
The grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Janata Dal-United (JD-U), and Congress has declared present Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming state assembly polls.
BJP leaders have repeatedly said the name of the chief ministerial candidate would be decided after the polls if the NDA wins two-thirds majority.
Lalu Prasad, however, also sought to caution the voters, saying that BJP workers from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh are visiting rural Bihar in large numbers to spread hatred and create communal tension for the party to advantage from it politically.
"Till Lalu is alive, reservation for Dalits and OBCs cannot end. RSS and BJP are keen to end reservation," he said, obliquely referring to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion to review the country's reservation policy.