"Yadav is a tall national leader who must sit in Parliament and continue to raise voice on behalf of the poor and deprived sections of the society," he told an election meeting at Sonbarsa high school ground in favour of the JD(U) president.

"The onus is on you to ensure Yadav's victory from Madhepura this time too," Kumar said in an emotional appeal to the electorate of Madhepura parliamentary constituency.
    
Alleging that there was a collusion between the RJD and BJP under which that the saffron party has intentionally fielded a weak candidate, the Chief Minister said his erstwhile ally has hatched a conspiracy to transfer votes to the RJD nominee Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav to ensure defeat of the JD(U) president.
    
"The BJP candidate is a vote 'katwa' (one who gets enough votes to turn the outcome) who has been put up to take away votes from the JD(U) to ensure the RJD nominee's victory," he said.

Kumar, who is single-handedly spearheading his party’s campaign in Bihar, hit out at the BJP for resorting to communal and divisive agendas to grab power at the Centre.
    
"I took a considered decision last year to sever ties with the BJP and risk stability of government for the sake of ideology for which I have no regrets," he said.

"I may bite dust in public life but will never make compromise with secularism," he added.

The JD (U) chief is this time facing one of the most challenging elections of his political career. He is locked in a triangular battle in with the RJD’s Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and Vijay Kumar Singh Kushwaha of the BJP.

(Agencies)

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