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Priyanka Gandhi Over Rahul Gandhi; Plus SP, BSP, TMC and AAP: Lalu Prasad Yadav's 2019 Recipe

The Rashtriya Janata Dal leader has proposed an alliance of SP, BSP, TMC, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party to take on the BJP in 2019 general elections.

Alok Kumar | CNN-News18

Updated:July 5, 2017, 4:44 PM IST
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Priyanka Gandhi Over Rahul Gandhi; Plus SP, BSP, TMC and AAP: Lalu Prasad Yadav's 2019 Recipe
In this May 21 photo, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and sister Priyanka Gandhi pay tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary, at his memorial 'Vir Bhumi' in New Delhi. (PTI)
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Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav has indicated he prefers Priyanka Vadra as leader instead of her brother Rahul, and proposed an alliance of SP, BSP, TMC, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party to take on the BJP in 2019 general elections.

"I am confident that Behan Mayawati and Akhilesh will come closer like I and Nitish joined hands. We fought separately and lost 2014. Now Mamata, Kejriwal, Hardil Patel, Mayawati, Akhilesh, Pattnaikji, all should come together. The day it happens, BJP would be finished," Lalu told party workers in in Patna on Wednesday on the occasion of the 21st foundation day of RJD.

Lalu, who recently faced a rash of income tax raids on properties belonging to his family, alleged a witch hunt against him and other Opposition leaders by the Centre.

"Be it Robert Vadra, or Priyankaji or Kejriwal or Mamata didi or Lalu Yadav and his family - an attempt is being made to break them," he said.

As for the pending trial in the fodder scam case, Lalu said: “My stars are not in the desired trajectory. You must be listening now a days that Lalu will go to jail, cases have been fasttracked against Lalu and so on. If it happens then also make sure that our August 27 rally against BJP becomes historic."

Lalu also alleged that the ruling NDA's presidential election nominee Ramnath Kovil is not a Dalit and that the BJP had propped him up to gain political dividend in Gujarat.

“He belongs to Kori community which has 18 percent share in Gujarat population. Kori community falls within OBC category in Gujarat. Amit Shah has used this Presidential election for taking political advantage in Gujarat where elections are due shortly. Hardik Patel has given them a tough time there. This is the reason why they chose Kovind. On the other hand Meira Kumar belongs to a caste which is in schedule caste category all over India”, Lalu said.

RJD leader, while talking about principles on which his party was founded, said that He would never compromise with ideology. “ If Congress had supported Kovind then also I would have taken a different path. Lalu will never vote anyone having RSS background”, He said amid thunderous applause.
| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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