A poster war has broken out between chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.Both unleashing their creative ingenuity to attack one another.Wednesday morning brought light to the posters of an imaginary movie titled “Thugs of Bihar” with RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the lead role.
It was hard to see the similarity with the release posters for Thugs of Hindostan, the 2018 movie that featured Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan.
The posters were in both Hindi and English, came a day after the RJD targeted Nitish with two posters. One had the slogan “Do hazaar bees, Nitish Kumar finish” while the other showed Bihar bleeding from an injury inflicted by an arrow, the JDU’s election symbol.
The JDU posters, strategically placed at important locations in state capital Patna, showed an unwound film reel with each slide showing cases of loot, kidnapping, murder and other crimes with the tagline “zara yaad karo wo kahani purani”.It appears to be a throwback to the 1990-2005 era, when Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi ruled the state.The posters have the words “Lara Films presents” – a popular coinage that combines the first two letters of the names of Lalu and Rabri.
The RJD’s first family also had a stake in multiple firms beginning with the name “Lara” and engaged in social and commercial activities.Asked about the posters, information and public relations minister Neeraj Kumar refused to reveal the identities of those behind the posters but said “the things portrayed in them are true about the 15-year rule of Lalu and Rabri”. “They made people remember those fear-filled, corruption-laden days,” Neeraj stated.”The RJD and its leaders fled at the very name of development. Our challenge still holds. They should provide a white paper on how their ancestral villages progressed, how many hospitals, schools, colleges, electricity connections, drinking water supply schemes, roads, drains and other such development works were constructed or implemented during their rule. We will do the same and leave it to the public to compare the two reigns,” Neeraj further stated.Nitish had broken away from the National Democratic Alliance in 2013. He was a part of the Grand Alliance with the RJD and the Congress that trounced the NDA in the 2015 Bihar polls and ruled the state till July 2017, before switching back to the NDA.