‘Kalidas’ vs ‘Surdas’: NDA allies JD-U, LJP lock horns forward of Bihar polls

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 13

Ahead of the high-stake Bihar elections, the rift between NDA allies, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD-U and Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), is simply deepening. 

After Chirag Paswan’s feedback relating to Covid-19 testing in Bihar, senior JD-U chief Lalan Singh has equated him with ‘Kalidas’, accusing him of harming the very alliance of which he was a component. “Despite being a part of NDA, Chirag Paswan is playing the role of Opposition but Nitish Kumar is not bothered about this and he is focusing on his work. ‘Kalidas’ also chopped the branch on which he sat,” Lalan Singh was quoted as saying. 

It didn’t cease right here. Responding to Lalan Singh’s jibe, the LJP in flip known as him ‘Surdas’. LJP spokesperson Mohammed Ashraf mentioned it was because of the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Nitish Kumar was the CM. “Chirag Paswan only reiterated what Prime Minister Modi said. I think Lalan Singh has become ‘Surdas’ who cannot differentiate between good and bad,” the LJP chief mentioned.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi views that states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Gujarat ought to step up testing, Chirag Paswan had mentioned: “The LJP has been demanding from the very beginning that testing needs to be increased in Bihar. After Prime Minister Modi’s intervention we are not only hopeful but confident that Bihar government will increase the rate of testing so that the state can be protected against coronavirus.”

Quite clearly the principle reason for the friction is the problem of seat-sharing and battle for higher share and energy. According to Chirag Paswan, his occasion is able to contest on all 243 meeting seats and that its alliance in Bihar is simply with BJP. 

Meanwhile, BJP leaders dub the chilly warfare between its two Bihar companions as “natural posturing among allies before division of seats”. 

Chirag Paswan had been concentrating on JD-U and CM Nitish Kumar relating to his dealing with of the migrants’ disaster, the pandemic, floods and likewise the response to the dying of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who belongs to Bihar. Much earlier than the FIR was finally registered in Patna, the LJP had been questioning Nitish Kumar on his silence and the rationale why he was not speaking to his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray for a CBI probe within the dying of Rajput.

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