New Delhi, July 28: Mr Yadav is yet again in controversy. This time, the nation is gapping at the latest remarks made by the former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. Yadav said Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and senior BJP leader L K Advani will never become the Prime Minister of the country.
"Modi and Advani can never become the prime minister in their lifetime. Secular forces in this country would never allow the saffron outfit to come to power," the RJD chief told media here.
Yadav, who was here to pay obeisance at Kedareshwar temple, said people should be cautious against forces like Modi and Advani. Praising Rahul Gandhi, he said the Congress vice president wants to bring a change in the country. On Digvijay Singh, the RJD chief said he is a "good man".
While Yadav's intention may be to get the maximum number of Muslims and Yadav vote, RJD's main rival JD(U) has begun claiming that he has gone "soft" on the BJP.
JD(U) supporters also pointed out that when expelled BJP leader Ram Jethmalani claimed in a TV interview that Yadav will support Modi in making him PM, neither Yadav nor any other RJD leader contradicted him.
Jethmalani , a Modi supporter, is Yadav's lawyer in the fodder scam case.
However, RJD leaders were appalled at the suggestion. "I don't think Laluji will make such a remark seriously ," said RJD legislature party leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui.
Party general secretary Ram Kripal Yadav said, "Everybody knows Lalu is a sworn enemy of the BJP. How can he praise Modi?" When ET asked why the report hasn't been contradicted , he said Lalu would do it himself once he is back from Mirzapur.
Currently, the JD(U) continues to accuse Lalu of joining hands with the BJP on the time-worn premise that 'enemy's enemy is a friend' . JD(U) general secretary Bhim Singh said, "It's undeniable that both the RJD and BJP are on the same page in attacking the JD(U) government. Both called for bandh a day after the midday meal tragedy in Saran and also joined hands to protest against the Bodh Gaya blasts."
"Lalu is worried and will take a position that suits him politically, even if it means favouring Modi," said a senior party leader on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile in Mirzapur where Yadav is holding a rally, Yadav has endorsed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister.
Yadav said in Mirzapur on Friday that Gandhi was "fit to be the prime minister and had all qualities of a bright leader".
"Rahul has nothing negative about him. If given a chance by the people of India, he would prove to be a good prime minister," he said.
Yadav also added that he did not want Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister and that he would do everything to stop Modi from becoming prime minister. "I will do everything I can to stop Modi from becoming prime minister," he said.
He blamed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for "playing with the lives of school students "Whatever bad happens in Bihar is heaped on the opposition parties. This is very unfortunate," he said.
But the RJD strongman clearly accepted lack of unity among secular forces but added that "such forces would certainly come together to thwart communal forces from forming government".
With agency inputs.