Arunachal MLAs poached, RJD dares Nitish to snap ties with BJP

Patna, December 26

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Saturday hinted at the possibility of a fresh alignment in Bihar if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar chose to snap ties with the BJP following the “humiliation” in Arunachal Pradesh.

RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary, however, made it clear that the ball lies in the court of the JD (U) boss, who needed to realise that the development in the north-eastern state, where his party MLAs defected en masse to the BJP, was aimed at “settling old scores”.

The RJD leader, who has also been with the JD (U) for some time, insisted that the development in Arunachal was “part of the chain of events that began with Chirag Paswan’s rebellion”.

Paswan, the LJP chief, had pulled out of the NDA ahead of the Bihar polls. The LJP came a cropper in the elections though it succeeded in cutting into JD (U)’s votes, with BJP rebels fighting on its tickets in many seats. “The BJP’s strategy was, firstly, to cut Nitish to size which it did successfully in the Assembly polls. Now it has begun to humiliate him,” Tiwary asked. — PTI

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