Chirag Paswan’s image with PM sparks hypothesis

New Delhi, October 3

Bihar could be headed for a multi-cornered contest. There are reports that LJP president Chirag Paswan is “consulting” his father, Union Minister Ram Bilas Paswan, before announcing the party decision to walk out of the NDA.

The Parliamentary Board of the LJP met here today to take a call on whether or not to go it alone in the coming Bihar Assembly elections. But Chirag had to rush to the hospital to visit his ailing father, said sources. Before doing that, he posted his picture with PM Narendra Modi, saying he took inspiration from the PM and hoped he would give his blessings to his “Bihar first, Bihari first” efforts, triggering speculation that the LJP may go it alone this time.This is the last meeting of the LJP Parliamentary Board. Chirag recently apprised Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda on LJP’s differences with JD-U chief Nitish Kumar.

The LJP has said it will contest 143 seats on its own if it does not get an “honourable” deal within the NDA.

According to reports, there are posters in Patna with the slogan “Modi se bair nahi, Nitish teri khair nahi”. — TNS

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