Lalu says he is ready for Mahabharat

July 21st, 2008 - 6:32 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Railway Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad had the entire opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on its feet after he challenged them to a Mahabharat during the debate on the trust vote Monday. A fiery Lalu Prasad made the remark when he got up to support his party MP Devendra Kumar Yadav whose speech about the BJP government in Rajasthan had led to protests from the BJP benches.

“We are ready for a Mahabharat (an epic battle) with you,” Lalu said as the house degenerated into chaos — quite different from the sombre mood in the morning when the house met to debate the trust vote that will decide the fate of the Manmohan Singh government.

As the BJP MPs protested, the inimitable Lalu Prasad got progressively louder and challenged them further leading to higher decibel levels.

“I have become a minister from a MP. I will speak,” Lalu said as he could be seen shouting back at the BJP MPs.

Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal of the Akali Dal had a hard time controlling both sides as they were on their feet. The deputy speaker himself could be seen standing for several minutes but MPs did not take their seats.

Atwal could be seen requesting the members to “please, sit down” several times but not many listened.

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