Lalu Prasad : Constitution allowS the right to franchise and right to contest polls

Sunday, Oct 18, 2015,15:17 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) of working against the spirit of Constitution, Lalu Prasad said while the Constitution allowed the right to franchise and right to contest polls even to the illiterate, BJP governments in Rajasthan and Haryana have made a minimum qualification mandatory for contesting civic bodies elections. 

This is another conspiracy against the backward classes to deny them the electoral opportunities under the pretext of degrees.
If we become silent, they will make some law that only BA or MA pass outs can contest elections as they believe that only a few castes, which have got high education, should rule the nation and the rest should serve them, he said. Taking on the BJP for its attempts at religious polarisation by repeatedly harping on his Hindus also eat beef remark, Lalu said the saffron party tried to turn the cow-rearing Yadav community against him.
They want to communalise the atmosphere. There are fifty cows at my residence. My wife washes the feet of every new cow that comes home. Many people keep dogs at their homes, we rear cows. BJP and RSS are making noises. Let Modi tell there will be no butcheries in the country. Former Press Council of India Chief Markandey Katju, who is a Kashmiri Brahmin, says he eats beef. I do not want to go into that debate.
This is their conspiracy, he said. Lalu referred to meat exports from Gujarat and rise in beef exports from the country in last one year to claim the controversy over beef consumption was created by the BJP for political reasons. Claiming that minorities are fully behind the grand alliance in Bihar, the RJD chief said, RSS and BJP have got into a habit of doing politics of religion. They do benefit from it somewhere some time but not in Bihar. What they did in Dadri? A poor Muslim was murdered without any rhyme or reason.
Is this what they had promised in Lok Sabha polls. They had sought votes in the name of development then, he said. The RJD boss rubbished allegations about attempts by him at caste polarisation, saying We did not start the caste talk. Prime Minister Modi came and tried to project himself as a great supporter of Yaduvanshis.
He said he belonged to Dwarka, the city of Lord Krishna. We all know what he is. He thought he would be able to drive a wedge among the Yaduvanshis and win the polls. That is not going to happen. Then he created a scare about some Jungle Raj. Yadavs are descendents of Lord Krishna. We are saviours. We stand by the weaker sections, he said.