In a scathing attack on his rivals in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader and minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution in the National Democratic Alliance government, Ram Vilas Paswan, has termed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Yadav as “expired medicines”.
“Nitish and Lalu are like expired medicines which if consumed will make the people of Bihar sick. Modi’s (development) model medicine will be good for them,” Paswan told Zee News Editor, Sudhir Chaudhary, in an exclusive interview. Paswan’s son, Chirag Paswan, who was also present during the interview, spoke on Bihar elections and other issues.
In the forthcoming Bihar elections, LJP is contesting 40 seats in alliance with NDA. Paswan is confident that the alliance will bag two-thirds majority in the state.
“We have been campaigning on the development plank. I am confident that NDA will win a two-thirds majority in the state. Lalu calls me a weather scientist (meteorologist). So, I can predict that we are set to gain majority in Bihar Assembly,” Paswan said.
Commenting on Lalu and Nitish’s new-found friendship, Paswan said that instead of helping each other, they are spoiling their own games.
On the reports of dissatisfaction of not getting desired number of seats in the alliance, Chirag Paswan said, “I am not unhappy with the seats distribution. I understand coalition dharma. Our aim is to win maximum seats and form government in Bihar. There could have been a communication gap.”
On alleged political rivalry with former chief minister and Hindustan Awam Morcha leader, Chirag Paswan said, “Jitan Ram Manjhi is our family friend. Sometimes certain things are said in some special reference.”
The senior Paswan also refuted opposition’s allegations on his family getting majority of tickets for Bihar elections. “It’s not true that only our family members have got tickets. They have been in politics for long. Pasupati Nath Paras (Paswan’s brother) has been a member of the state assembly for the past 38 years. Ramchandra Paswan has been member of Lok Sabha for three times,” he said.