In a veiled attack on BJP, Lalu Yadav ‘appeals’ to people to be on guard

“While your children would be slaying each other… kids of the hypocritical jumlebaaz would be studying in esteemed schools and colleges and securing their own futures,” tweeted Lalu Yadav.

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) national president Lalu Prasad Yadav launched a veiled attack on the BJP on Sunday by issuing a “humble appeal” to the people of the country, urging them to be on guard against hate politics, rumour mongering and false propaganda to divide the youth ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The ailing former chief minister of Bihar, who is serving sentences in fodder scam cases and is currently lodged in a Ranchi hospital, shared his views on the political situation prevailing in the country on his official Twitter handle.

“It is a humble appeal to the people of the country that elections are round the corner and those practising hate politics will provoke the youth and your children to sacrifice their lives by raising false alarms, giving rise to misconceptions and spreading rumours,” Lalu Yadav wrote on the microblogging website.

The RJD chief has been away from active politics since December 2017, when he was convicted in the Deoghar treasury case, which was followed by convictions in two more fodder scam cases. He has, however, been sharing his views on his Twitter handle.

“While your children would be slaying each other and wasting their lives in the name of cow and cow dung, the kids of the hypocritical jumlebaaz would be busy studying in esteemed schools and colleges and securing their own futures,” Lalu Yadav said.

“Therefore, all parents and guardians are requested to be on guard themselves, besides guarding their children against rumour mongering sanghs (organisations) and their false propaganda. A beginning has been made by them in UP and Bihar,” added the RJD chief.

Lalu Yadav’s remarks came in the backdrop of mob violence and cow vigilantism reported in many parts of the Hindi heartland, often spurred by fake social media messages circulated by people with alleged links to Sangh Parivar outfits.

A staunch opponent of the ruling BJP, Lalu Yadav had endeared himself to the minorities during his tenure as the chief minister of Bihar; he had ordered the arrest of BJP veteran LK Advani during his “rath yatra” in 1990.

During the 15 years when the state was ruled by him and subsequently by his wife Rabri Devi, a period which saw virtually no major communal incidents, despite an overall soaring crime graph.

Now an ally of the Congress, the RJD is upset at the quota for the economically backward sections brought by the Narendra Modi government at the centre. The party has said that it is a step in the direction of diluting affirmative action for the socially and educationally backward segments of the society.