Alliance partners of the NDA in Bihar are upset with the BJP and in touch with the RJD, said Bihar’s deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday, adding that many NDA leaders also want to join his party. “BJP’s allies including RLSP, LJP and HAM are upset with the BJP in Bihar. They are keen to get rid of the BJP and are in touch with the RJD,” Tejashwi, the younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, told the media here. Tejashwi also said that several of NDA’s (National Democratic Alliance) MLAs and leaders are in touch with the RJD and are ready to join the party if given a green signal and offer.
According to Tejashwi, allies of the BJP-led NDA are looking to dump it and join some other alliance because they have no say in the NDA and its government. He said: “BJP se ‘tang aur pareshan hai NDA ke ghatak dal, unki suni nahi jati hai’ (Constituents of the NDA are sick and tired of the BJP, which doesn’t listen to them).”
A senior RJD leader, close to Lalu Prasad, said that Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha, who is a Union Minister, and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) President and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi are in talks with RJD. That is why they never directly attack Lalu Prasad like other BJP leaders in the opposition in Bihar, he said. Bihar’s ruling grand alliance of RJD, JD-U and Congress is led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.