Naidu dubs JD(U), RJD tie-up as 'unholy' alliance
Amid talk of Janta Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) coming together ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday described the proposed tie-up as an "unholy and unworkable" alliance.
The Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister asserted that coming together of the two parties would pose no threat to the electoral prospects of BJP and its allies who would secure a comfortable majority.
"This alliance is no threat to us. Best of luck to them. They cannot come together. They have no habit of staying together. There is a history of these people coming together in the morning and falling apart in the evening," he said.
Naidu added: "That has been the history of the so-called Janata Parivar. How many times they have come together?" Naidu said, if the RJD and the JD(U) managed to unite and enter into an a poll arrangement with the Congress, it will be an "unholy" alliance. "This Lalu and Nitish coming together, it is very surprising to people, (It is) most unethical thing happening, on two counts. One, Nitish Kumar fought Congress throughout his life. Now, he is ready to join hands with Congress party."
He added: "Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav fought against each other bitterly, even on personal counts also. They are coming together. That's why people are calling it <g data-gr-id="34">unholy</g> alliance, an <g data-gr-id="32">un-workable</g> proposition," Naidu claimed they will be rejected by the voters in Bihar. Describing the Bihar polls, due later this year, as "important", Naidu said the state badly needed development and good governance. "There was governance for some time when the BJP and the JD(U) together ruled Bihar. Unfortunately, after that, Bihar is back to square one. Bihar needs stability, Bihar needs ability. Bihar needs Central support," he said.
Zeros can't see beyond zero: Naidu on Rahul
Launching a <g data-gr-id="51">counter offensive</g> against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for giving the Modi government "zero out of 10" for handling farmers' issues, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said "zeroes cannot see beyond zero". "The entire world is hailing Modi as a great leader, a man of action. GDP rate has gone up, inflation is reduced, and you say zero. Zeroes cannot see beyond zero. Zeroes have no ability to acknowledge heroes," he said. "Rahul has been in politics for 11 years. What has happened? Congress party lost eight states," he said.