AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Kumar Vishwas targeted Congress for extending an olive hand to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who recently got bail in fodder scam case, ahead of 2014 general elections. (JPN/Agencies)
Vishwas said that at a time when Congress is trying to take credit for the passage of Lokpal Bill, it is entering into alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, eyeing upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
“It is a double-speak of Congress. On one side they (Congress) are taking credit for passage of ‘jokepal’ and on the other side they are trying to strike alliance with its old partner RJD in Bihar,” he tweeted.
Not satisfied with the Lokpal Bill passed by the Parliament, the AAP said the Bill was not in the form as asked for and the political class would continue to "rule the Lokpal".
With Lalu Prasad Yadav out on bail, an alliance appears to be on the cards between Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) for the Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.
An indication of Congress warming up to the RJD chief was available, when the Congress president Sonia Gandhi called to greet him after he got bail in a fodder scam case.
“Congress president Sonia Gandhi had telephoned me after my release from Ranchi jail. She graciously extended greetings to me and expressed happiness over my release," Lalu had told reporters in Patna on Wednesday.
Prasad, who was the Railway Minister in the UPA-I government and is considered very close to the Congress chief, had fallen out during UPA-II after an acrimony over seat sharing for 2009 Lok Sabha polls, which resulted in break-up of the RJD-LJP and Congress alliance.
RJD was the second largest constituent in UPA-I after Congress with 22 seats in Lok Sabha. There is a feeling in Congress that an alliance with RJD and LJP could repeat the 2004 magic, when the three parties had together walked away with 29 of the 40 seats in the states. Congress had bagged three seats while LJP had got four.
When RJD-LJP broke away from Congress in 2009, the results were disastrous for them. While RJD won four seats, Congress won two and LJP failed to open its account with its chief Ram Vilas Paswan suffering a humiliating defeat in his home turf Hajipur.
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Kumar Vishwas targeted Congress for extending an olive hand to RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who recently got bail in fodder scam case, ahead of 2014 general elections.