Bad blood inside JD(U)-led NDA alliance in Bihar

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 7

Bad blood inside the JD(U)-led ruling NDA in Bihar refuses to be washed away.

This comes at a time when Election Commission is alleged to be taking rounds of ultimate critiques internally earlier than asserting the schedule for Assembly elections in Bihar, which will probably be held in October-November.

The JD(U), on Sunday, put the accountability of carrying aboard the Chirag Paswan-headed LJP within the alliance for the approaching Assembly elections in Bihar squarely on the door-steps of the BJP.

“We have nothing to do with the LJP in the past, present or future. We are in alliance with the BJP,” mentioned JD(U) nationwide spokesperson KC Tyagi.

“It is for the BJP to decide how it will deal with the LJP and adjust it in the alliance. The BJP leadership, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah and party president JP Nadda, have made it clear that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will lead the alliance in the election,” Tyagi mentioned.

The JD(U), the BJP and the LJP are working alliance authorities within the state. Former Bihar chief minister and president of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) Jitan Ram Manjhi has just lately joined the NDA by breaking away from the RJD-led “Mahagathbandhan”.

JD(U)’s present of indifference in the direction of the LJP comes amidst the rising estrangement between Chirag Paswan and Nitish Kumar.

Paswan, who’s reportedly getting traction from the youth within the state, has been essential of Kumar with regard to his type of governance. His political emergence from the shadows of his father and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has been famous in wide-ranging quarters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as soon as drew the eye of the BJP MPs on the self-discipline and preparedness with which Chirag Paswan raises points and conducts himself within the Lok Sabha.

JD(U) has publicly aired its indifference to the LJP at a time when the events involved are internally assessing on the variety of meeting seats they’d pitch for a share within the alliance.

Many see JD(U)’s expression of indifference in the direction of the LJP as a tactical message to the BJP management that it’ll not compromise on its share of seats. The BJP should accommodate LJP if it insists on conserving it within the alliance.

Sources say that the JD(U) has internally recognized 140 meeting seats out of the whole 343 within the state. However, indications are that it should calm down with about 110 to 115.

The JD(U)’s calculation is that the BJP would pitch for 110 seats however would settle with 100 to 105 seats.

It stays to be seen how the LJP and HAM can be adjusted.

With the LJP setting eyes on larger political targets, the negotiation for seat adjustment would require intervention a deft contact on the a part of BJP.

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