Lalu takes on Mamata in Kolkata
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday said that if the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) won the next election in West Bengal, they will rule for 50 years.
The comment was seen as a jab at West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee who scored a landslide victory against the Left after 34 years of uninterrupted rule in 2011 but has since faced sharp criticism.
"If CPM comes this time, it will be there for another 50 years," Yadav said, addressing an interactive session organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organization (FLO).
The former Bihar Chief Minister also asserted that he will make a comeback in the state's politics as he has the support of the people.
Condemning the recent gang rape and murder of the 23-year-old medical student in Delhi, Yadav said,"Ladies should be given respect and status. Due to the Delhi incident and the barbaric treatment with the girl, we are ashamed worldwide."
"Human body is a temple. Indian culture has always respected women like Devi (Goddess). But now, I don't know where the Indian culture is heading," he said while addressing the subject 'Women's Empowerment and Security'.
"This heinous crime happened to India's daughter. She was brave...she fought...but she gave her life. So, we have to strengthen our legal framework, especially we need strong punishments," he noted.
The leader said that conviction of seven years as a punishment, for a heinous crime like rape, is not enough.
"The rape accused should be hanged till death. When the Parliament opens, I'll urge the government to take a strong move," asserted Lalu.
On being asked about the corrupt politicians, who is involved in various rape cases, Lalu assured that if politicians are chargesheeted with these crimes, they should not be provided tickets to elections by political parties.
Speaking on the Indo-Pak border skirmishes and killing and the beheading of a soldier, he said,"Whoever tries to break the brotherhood of the nation, we will answer them with strong retaliation."
Finally, speaking on national politics, Lalu ridiculed the idea of formation of the third front.
"The contest will be between the communal party and the secular party," he said.
He also said the he will continue his support of the secular party.
"People take advantage of independence in the name of the civil society. The supremacy of the Parliament and Supreme Court is in constant threat." he added.
On being asked about his stand on the women reservation bill, Lalu said he is in support of women reservation up to 50 percent, but that should include minorities like Muslims and Dalit women in the reservation quota as well.