It was Nasbandi, not Notebandi; Lalu’s innuendos

Political innuendos and Whatnot

Mud Slinging in Presidential Debates

When it comes to making political innuendos against rival political parties, with an astute affinity towards the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, no one can beat Lalu Prasad Yadav. Rasthriya Janata Dal (RJD) Supremo, who happens to be one of the first recognized politicians to lose his parliamentary seat post getting arrested in the fodder scam and who has supposedly used a lookalike of ‘Osama-Bin-Laden’ for political campaigning to apparently woo Muslims, does not shy away from making crude statements.

Recently in a zealous and impassioned vote appeal in support of Samajwadi Party- Congress alliance candidate, Rakesh Singh from Harchandpur in Congress bastion, Rae Bareli, apparently introduced a war footing on verbal terms. Expressing censure over current policy introductions and blatantly questioning PM Modi’s credentials as a Prime Minister, Lalu Prasad Yadav continued to blabber accusations and snide marks over and over again. Known for his inordinate imitation skills, Lalu compared Modi to the President of the United States, Donald Trump. “Modi is like a twin brother of US President Donald Trump and nobody knows what he will do next,” said the RJD chief animatedly. He made subtle attempts at arousing audience interest at discrete intervals of time. Raking up former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name in political mudslinging, Lalu alleged that Vajapayee was kept on sedatives to keep him away from current political happenings. “It is a conspiracy to sideline him and it should be probed into. Vajpayeeji had reprimanded Modi over Godhra riots, but LK Advani had shielded him… Modi has marginalised even Advani also,” Lalu said.

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Lalu: Nasbandi all over again

Attempting to take advantage over public dismay over handling of the demonetization drive, Lalu likened this new policy change to the infamous forced ‘Nasbandi’ (Sterilisation) prevalent in times of mid-1970s during the Emergency period. “It was not notebandi but nasbandi, carried out by the Modi government on crores of people, who were forced to stand in queue for withdrawing their own money from the banks,” he effectively communicated as he tried to sway public opinion. Banking on the development policies initiated by the Akhilesh Yadav government, he appealed to the populace to vote for the SP-Congress alliance and help dispel the Modi wave if at all, it existed anymore.

“Nirshajanak remarks”

Such politically scathing remarks are certainly not the first ones to be uttered from his mouth, and judging by his sense of confidence, it certainly won’t be the last. Having commented on the budget, he had termed it as a ‘nirashajanak’ (disappointing) budget and gone on to condemn it as an anti-poor and anti-farmer budget. What he failed to realize was the hypocrisy that lined his statements, as during the 15 year period when he and his wife, Rabri Devi had ruled Bihar, where every economic and social ranking parameter struck an all-time low when compared to other states of the country.

Saying statements like, “ ‘Achche Din’ was during Congress, Rs 2000 notes like ‘Churan pudia” “does not reflect how well you can speak rhetorically. It tells us about how you are not allowing notions of politics to go beyond such petty accusations and statements. Overall, political leaders who influence a lot of segments of the populace should refrain from political mudslinging. If this much amount of hard-work and efficacy went in implementing policies, that these politicians had promised the people on, things on a social and economic front would not be in such a poor condition.

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