RJD changes tack; to counter BJP with its religious weapon


Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is busy chalking out a strategy to defeat BJP in the latter’s already style. This was the indication which was given by the Maha Rally organised by RJD in Patna on August 27, which was titled as ‘Bhajapa Bhagao, Desh Bachao’ (remove BJP from power and save the nation).

In the rally, Lalu’s elder son and ex-health minister Tej Pratap Yadav blew the conch. But, It was seen that blow of the conch was already scripted, because RJD chief Lalu called Tej Pratap to blow the conch on dais. Conch was already there. conch has got a sacred place in Hindu religion. Not only this, Tej Pratap in his speech said, “There are four siblings of ‘Bharat Mata’-Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Isaie (Christian).” BJP and its associate wings have been using the ‘Bharat Mata’ word. So, now it is being predicted that RJD may adopt BJP’s pattern to counter NDA in the next Lok Sabha election of 2019. Tej Pratap has always been in media due to his religious belief. His photos playing with flute have been published in newspapers several times and telecast in various TV channels too, during his tenure as minister. So, there is already a perception that Tej Pratap is a religious person.

If, Lalu becomes successful to give message that his party is also pro-Hindu, then RJD can lead in the next Lok Sabha polls. If it happened so, then the electoral wars in future will not be held on cast turf, which has been the case in point so far.


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