Lalu Prasad Yadav says Congress will form govt in Gujarat as people voted for the party in large numbers in first phase

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday asserted that the Congress will form the government in Gujarat as people have voted heavily in its favour in the first phase of polls.

File image of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. PTI

File image of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. PTI

Over 68 percent turnout was recorded in the first phase of polling for 89 Assembly seats in Gujarat on Saturday.

"People have voted in large numbers in favour of the Congress party in Gujarat (in first phase of polls). It will form the government there," Prasad told reporters.

The second and last phase of polling in the Western state in 93 seats will be held on 14 December and the counting of votes is scheduled on 18 December.

Prasad's younger son and leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, Tejashwi Prasad Yadav attacked JD(U) president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar that the party has fielded candidates in Gujarat elections so that they eat into Patel votes and benefit the BJP.

"Nitish Kumar does not have any mass base. I am quite confident that the JD(U), if it decides to contest on its own in Bihar, will get the same number of votes in Bihar as it will get in Gujarat Assembly polls," Tejashwi said.

The former deputy chief minister said he would launch a programme against Kumar after 'Makar Sankranti' next month to expose Nitish Kumar government's failures.

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Updated Date: Dec 10, 2017 18:38:44 IST

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