Putting an end to all speculations over alliances, the former Bihar chief ministers and bitter political rivals for over two decades, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav, on Monday, addressed the first joint public rallies in Bihar's Hajipur.
The duo have come together with an objective to keep Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) away from a win in the Bihar state Assembly elections.
Criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Nitish said, “Good days were promised, but where are the good days? People are still waiting. Good day's haven't come for people, but have come for some BJP members. The government will not reduce inflation, they will only save their seats.”
“Today those people are in power in Delhi, whose ancestors haven't even spend a day in jail for the country.” Nitish added.
Addressing the rally Lalu Prasad said, “We will defeat the one who are trying to split the nation. We were divided, but if we keep criticising each other, the country will go in the hands of wrong people. Modi came to power and inauspicious things happened in the nation.”
Lalu Prasad further added, "Our alliance sent a good message to everyone and I also appeal Mulayam Singh and Mayawati to enter a maha-alliance."
Meanwhile, Leaders of Bhartiya Janta Party and Congress criticised Lalu Prasad and Nitish kumar.
Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari said, “Communalism looming over country has compelled secular forces to come together, must be replicated across nation.”
“It is lust of power and threat of defeat that has brought them together, they stand exposed,” said BJP's RP Rudy
Taking a dig at Lalu and Nitish BJP's Laxmikant Bajpai said, “People showed them their place in Lok Sabha elections and therefore, I don't think they will make any difference in Assembly polls.
In 2005, Nitish Kumar allied with the BJP and ousted Lalu's RJD from power. Nitish and Lalu are due to address public rallies at Hajipur and Mohadi Nagar. They will continue their campaign together next week as well.
(With agency inputs)