All Bihar MPs, lawmakers should resign after Nov 15: Lalu

November 2nd, 2008 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Raj ThackerayPatna, Nov 2 (IANS) Railways Minister Lalu Prasad Sunday urged all MPs and lawmakers from Bihar to resign after Nov 15 to protest attacks on north Indians, particularly Biharis, in Maharashtra.Lalu said his appeal is directed to MPs and legislators from all parties in Bihar to resign on the issue.

“It will be a total resignation including all parties’ MPs, legislators and independents,” Lalu said at a press meet here.

Chhath is now being celebrated in Bihar. The resignations will take place after Nov 15 as Lalu wants to give about a week’s time to all the political parties after Chhath is over.

Clad in white kurta-payjama and surrounded by party leaders and workers, Lalu launched a scathing attack on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray for repeated attacks on north Indians.

“Attacks and killing are handiwork of communal forces like MNS and Shiv Sena,” he said.

On the all party Bihar delegation last month that met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted a memorandum for action against MNS and Raj Thackeray, Lalu said that it was the right time to show a united face of Bihar to send a strong message that Bihar will not tolerate any such incident in future.

He announced launching of an all party agitation on the issue of Bihari ‘asmita’ (honour).

“We will take to streets in and outside Bihar to warn element like MNS and Shiv Sena,” he said.

He made it clear that he along with all of his party’s 24 MPs, 4 Rajya Sabha MPs, and 55 legislators including his wife Rabri Devi, who is leader of opposition in Bihar assembly, would resign along with other MPs and legislators belonging to other parties and independents.

“It is for other parties to decide and ensure resignation of their MPs and legislators. My party MPs and legislators would resign on the issue,” Lalu said.

Lalu blamed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar for cracks in Bihar unity while referring to the Janata Dal (United) threat that its MPs would resign after Nov 6.

“How could JD (U) alone take the decision when it was decided at the time of the all party delegation to fight a united battle,” Lalu queried.

The JD-U, part of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has five members in parliament. It is ruling Bihar in coalition with the BJP.

Lalu said he favours that all Bihar’s MPs and legislators should resign on any day after November 15.

He challenged Nitish Kumar and its ally BJP, the main constituent of National Democratic Alliance, to make their MPs and legislators agree to submitting resignations on the issue.

Lalu also dared Nitish Kumar and BJP to snap ties with Shiv Sena on the issue of Bihar.

“Either Nitish or BJP should sever their ties with Shiv Sena or make their relationship with Shiv Sena clear before the people,” Lalu said.

He suggested the formation of a steering committee of all parties in Bihar to lead the agitation in and outside the state.

He defended Manmohan Singh by saying that Singh had warned the Maharashtra government on the issue and written one letter after another in this regard.

He reiterated the demand for a judicial probe into the killing of Rahul Raj, who was shot by Mumbai Police Monday after he fired indiscriminately in a city bus and threatened to kill Raj Thackeray.

Lalu called the shooting a “brutal murder” and expressed his unhappiness over Maharashtra government’s action till date.

“I am for a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the high court into Rahul Raj’s brutal murder and stern action against Maharashtra police officials guilty of it,” Lalu said.

Raj, 25, was shot dead by the police after he attacked the conductor of a bus and fired at a passenger with his revolver.

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