PATNA: RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh sent ripples through Bihar’s political circles on Friday saying the Lok Janshakti Party, led by Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, would quit NDA and join the ‘grand alliance’ led by the RJD.
Paswan, however, rubbished the claims. “Paswan is known as the weather scientist in politics. He has already assessed the situation in NDA and is ready to switch over to our alliance,” claimed Singh, national vicepresident of RJD and a former Union minister.
Singh’s words created a buzz because LJP MP Chirag Paswan, the party chief ’s son, recently said in a television interview that he wouldn’t mind working with RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav for the sake of Bihar’s progress.
This lent further credence to reports of the LJP chief being unhappy with the BJP over seatsharing for the next Lok Sabha polls and he and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar planning to quit the NDA together. But Ram Vilas Paswan strongly denied any such plans.
“This is only an empty speculation. LJP is a strong part of the NDA. I am sure there will be no difficulties in sharing seats among the NDA partners in Bihar,” he said. Incidentally, Paswan’s son-inlaw and Dalit Sena president Anil Kumar Sadhu had joined the RJD in March.