PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad claimed the ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar would last long and that there was no threat to the present government.
“The government will last long. There is no threat to the government,” Prasad told the audience at a function held here yesterday.
He said he hardly care about what the people think or feel about the government.
“Jo log bhram pale hue hain ki Lalu nahin chalane denge wo bhram pale rahen…hamari sarkar ko kuchchha nahi hohga…Yah khub chalegi (I can’t help the people who have the misconception that this government won’t last long. Nothing is going to happen with the government),” said Prasad whose RJD is a coalition partner in the Nitish Kumar government.
The “clarification” comes in the backdrop of repeated statements by LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan that the present government will collapse midway owing to internal contradictions.
Paswan who is also a Union minister in the Narendra Modi government at the centre has been repeatedly making such “predictions” while asking his party men to get prepared for mid-term polls anytime.
Strangely, former Union minister Raghuvasnh Prasad Singh, a senior RJD leader and close aide of Prasad, too has been hitting at the present regime at frequent intervals.
Only yesterday, he attacked the Nitish Kumar government for the pitiable academic standard in government schools and took the chief minister to task for his repeated bids to take credit for imposing total prohbition in the state.
“Today the people are taking credit for banning liquor ‘Lekin gaon-gaon sharab ki dukan kisane khulwai’ (but who got these sops open)?” asked Singh in the presence of party president adding it was first the RJD which initaited the move to ban liquor in the state and gave the slogan of “Sharab nahin rozgar chaiye”.