Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh enjoy familial ties but their relationship doesn’t end there. In what can cause a crack in the ruling coalition of Bihar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad met his Samajwadi Party counterpart to promise him that he would campaign for his party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections.
Former Union minister Prem Chand Gupta, who accompanied Lalu during his meeting with Mulayam, told The Indian Express, “All parties have their own politics. Lalu-ji has said that we will deploy our full force behind Samajwadi Party in UP to check communal forces. We will not allow BJP to make gains there.”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar began an independent election campaign in Uttar Pradesh for his party Janata Dal (United). “We will put up our candidates in UP Assembly elections in 2017,” JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi, who belongs to UP, confirmed.
In a spree to campaign for his party, more than half-a-dozen rallies have been addressed by Nitish in different parts of UP.
The meeting between the RJD chief and Mulayam comes after former RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin called Nitish a “leader of circumstances” and it was further endorsed by party leader Raghuvansh Prasad.
While Lalu earlier asserted that he would go to “every part of the country” and campaign against PM Narendra Modi, little has come out of his claim. On the other hand, Bihar Chief Minister can be seen addressing meeting, rallies and other events that have been scheduled for him.
Meanwhile, Congress too is supporting Nitish in his attempts. On Tuesday, senior Bihar Congress leader and state minister Ashok Choudhary said that Lalu is “free to walk out” if he is “not comfortable” in the ruling alliance.
Referring to the RJD chief, Choudhary said, “You say there is rock-solid unity in the coalition and yet your leaders pass snide comments on the mukhiya (chief) of the coalition government…. We also do not appreciate the (follow-up) press conference held by JD(U).”