Besides providing free cups and biscuits to people, the partymen at 'Lalu chai dukaan' would tell them about the alleged ‘falsehood’ of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. (Agencies)
The BJP, however, said that such a ‘monkey trick’ would have no impact on the voters.
The RJD alleged that Modi's claim of being a tea vendor in childhood is false and asserting that unlike him, its chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was a ‘real’ tea seller. The party has opened roadside tea shops at strategic locations in Muzaffarpur district of its own brand to counter BJP’s ‘Chai pe charcha’ (discussion over tea).
'Lalu chai dukaan' followed the RJD chief questioning the authenticity of Narendra Modi selling tea in childhood and claiming himself to be the ‘real’ tea seller at a shop of his brother in Patna during his student days.
"We distribute about 1,000 cups of tea along with biscuits to people free from 'Lalu chai dukaan' during an hour long discussion every evening to tell people about truth of Prasad and Narendra Modi," Muzaffarpur RJD spokesman Iqbal Shami, who is the man behind this initiative, said.
“The first such tea stall was opened on February 20 at Zero Mile in Ahiapur at the tri-junction of roads leading to Mithilanchal, Samastipur and Samastipur,” Shami said, adding two more stalls were opened at Bochaha More and Beria bus stand.
He said that more such stalls will be opened in every village and blocks of Muzaffarpur and they will run till March 3, when Modi is scheduled to address a rally at Muzaffarpur.
Former Bihar deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi mocked at Lalu for copying his party's campaign, terming it a ‘monkey trick’.
"Everybody knows about the humble background of Narendra Modi as tea seller on trains in childhood. By aping him, Lalu Prasad will not be able to impress people," he said.
Besides providing free cups and biscuits to people, the partymen at 'Lalu chai dukaan' would tell them about the alleged ‘falsehood’ of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.