When the results for the Bihar Assembly election 2015 were announced, many people — whether Mahagathbandhan supporters or NDA supporters — were worried about the fact that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had won the most number of seats (80).
People were worried about whether 'jungle raj' was going to return to Bihar, a state which had suffered enormously due to lawlessness and crime from 1990 to 2005 when RJD chief Lalu Prasad and eventually Rabri Devi (his wife) were ruling over the state.
And now, Lalu Prasad has reminded the whole country once again why many people had that worry and why most people of Bihar lived in fear for 15 years under his or his wife's rule.
On Monday, the RJD chief had this to say to the flood-affected people in Bihar: "You are fortunate that the Ganga has reached your homes. It does not always happen. In most cases, you go to it."
As Bihar reels under massive floods mainly due to a swollen river Ganga, the death toll stands at 127. Moreover, 29.71 lakh people have been affected by the deluge in 24 districts of the state.
At a time like this, the president of the party with the most number of seats in the Bihar Assembly gave people the profound advice that they are, in fact, lucky because not everyone gets Gangajal at their home.
"It's fortunate and welcome sight to find the Ganga at one's doorsteps," India Today quoted Prasad as saying.
Because of course, what is better than drowning in Gangajal? At least the people got Ganga darshan at their doorstep, even if it killed many of them.
The report also said that Prasad's remark was actually against BJP. But publicly mocking people's plight is not justified just because the remark was aimed at a rival party.
Such a statement might shock many but those who have lived in Bihar under Lalu raj and experienced the terror which the very mention of the name 'Lalu Prasad Yadav' brought about at that time will know that this is a typical Lalu remark.
Lalu Prasad has always used statements like these to display his arrogance to the people or his political opponents or both.
During his tenure as Railway Minister in 2004, Lalu Prasad had made it clear that the Indian Railways was not his responsibility. "Indian Railways is the responsibility of Lord Vishwakarma. So is the safety of passengers... It is His duty, not mine. I have been forced to don His mantle," The Times of India had quoted him as saying. "I keep telling Him whatever accident or incident takes place on the tracks is His responsibility," he had further said.
"I work so much. If I don't get all the comforts, I will turn mad," he had also said once, reacting to criticism that he always travelled in luxury.
While campaigning for Bihar elections in 2005, Prasad had used a look-alike of Osama bin Laden to woo Muslim votes. Ram Vilas Paswan had also used the same tactic though.
Maybe Lalu Prasad's openly disdainful remarks and activities are because of a belief that there will be no repurcussions.
Because despite the fact that 32,085 kidnappings were reported in Bihar from 1992 to 2004 and despite the very well-known links Lalu Prasad has had with notorious criminals like Shahabuddin, his party has the most number of seats in Bihar today.
With inputs from agencies
First Published On : Aug 25, 2016 19:35 IST