Factionalism surfaced within the ruling JD-U on Monday during an event organised to mark the arrival of the Union Steel Minister and the party’s senior leader RCP Singh in Patna.
Other NDA constituents –Vikashsheel Insaan Party and Hindustani Awami Morcha (Secular) –have announced that they, too, would fight the UP polls with or without allies.
Singh replaces RCP Singh, who offered to step down as he has been inducted as a Cabinet minister in the Modi government.
Sources from the JDU said that the name of Munger MP Rajiv Ranjan alias Lalan Singh is almost agreed upon.
Finally, Bihar’s ruling JD-U has joined the Union Cabinet, although the party has to be content with only one berth. It has 16 MPs. LJP got one berth.