Bihar Deputy CM Accuses Lalu Yadav of Opposing Reservation Amid PM Modi's Patna Visit

Bihar Deputy CM Samrat Chaudhary accuses former CM Lalu Prasad Yadav of opposing reservation policies and the Constitution. PM Modi holds a roadshow and election rallies in Patna, Bihar, amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

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Bihar Deputy CM Accuses Lalu Yadav of Opposing Reservation Amid PM Modi's Patna Visit

Bihar Deputy CM Accuses Lalu Yadav of Opposing Reservation Amid PM Modi's Patna Visit

On May 12, 2024, deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary launched a scathing attack on former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, alleging that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader is opposed to reservation policies and the Constitution. Chaudhary's remarks came amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow and election rallies in Patna, Bihar.

Why this matters: The allegations against Lalu Prasad Yadav have significant implications for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, as they may influence voter sentiment and sway the outcome of the polls. Moreover, the controversy highlights the ongoing debate over reservation policies and their implementation in India, which has far-reaching consequences for social justice and equality.

Chaudhary questioned the credentials of Lalu's son and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, stating: "His father (Lalu Prasad Yadav) ruled for 34 years. Who is asking him (Tejashwi Yadav)? They (BJP leaders) are asking Lalu Ji. They are asking for the 20-25 percent of votes that Lalu Yadav has. Has he (Tejashwi Yadav) done any work yet? For 15 years, his father did not give a reservation to a single person in Bihar. Lalu Prasad is against reservation and the Constitution."

Earlier, Tejashwi Yadav took a jibe at PM Modi's ongoing roadshow in Patna, claiming that his party has held a job show while the PM is holding a roadshow. Yadav stated: "He is doing a roadshow, whereas we have done a job show. I want to appeal to the Prime Minister: You have visited Bihar 8-10 times now, but you have not told people what you will do for Bihar in the next five years."

PM Modi will lead a roadshow in Patna on Sunday evening, followed by three election rallies elsewhere in Bihar, a day later. The roadshow will commence at the Income Tax Office roundabout and conclude at Udyog Bhavan, passing through crowded localities like Fraser Road, Exhibition Road, Kadam Kuan, and Sahitya Sammelan.

Bihar holds a crucial position in shaping Indian politics, with 40 Lok Sabha constituencies, the fourth highest among all States and Union Territories. In the first phase, polling was held in four constituencies: Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, and Nawada, with a 49.26% voter turnout on April 19. In the second phase, polling was held in five constituencies: Banka, Bhagalpur, Katihar, Kishanganj, and Purnia, with a 59.45% voter turnout on April 26. In the third phase, Bihar's Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura, and Khagaria went to polls, with a 58.18% voter turnout on May 7.

The Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), the opposition coalition in Bihar, including Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress, and Left parties, will contest 26 out of the state's 40 Lok Sabha seats. As part of the NDA, the BJP and JD(U) will contest on 17 and 16 seats, respectively.

also hit back at Lalu Prasad Yadav's criticism of PM Modi's sugar mill promise, claiming that the NDA government will reopen 14 closed sugar mills in Bihar, which will be a contribution to the people of the state. He said, "Lalu Prasad Yadav does not know that our government will reopen 14 closed sugar mills in Bihar. It will be a contribution of the Narendra Modi government to the people of the state." Chaudhary further alleged that Lalu Prasad Yadav only cares about his family and that good governance under Modi and Nitish Kumar has led to the return of Yadav's family members to Bihar.

war of words between the ruling NDA and opposition RJD intensifies as Bihar gears up for the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections. With PM Modi's high-profile visit to the state and the Deputy CM's strong accusations against Lalu Prasad Yadav, the political battle in Bihar is set to heat up further in the coming days.

Key Takeaways

  • Deputy CM Samrat Chaudhary accuses Lalu Prasad Yadav of opposing reservation policies and the Constitution.
  • Chaudhary questions Tejashwi Yadav's credentials, citing Lalu's 34-year rule without providing reservations.
  • PM Modi to lead a roadshow in Patna, followed by three election rallies in Bihar.
  • Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha constituencies, with the Mahagathbandhan contesting 26 seats and NDA 33 seats.
  • The war of words between NDA and RJD intensifies as Bihar gears up for remaining election phases.