Bihar: Will LJP form an alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav's RJD? Here's what party's former president Chirag Paswan has to say

While Bihar's politics has taken a twist with recent ousting of Chirag Paswan as the president of Lok Janshakti Party, the young leader on Saturday spoke about his alliance with another counter part Lalu Prasad Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Chirag Paswan while addressing media, said, "Ram Vilas Paswan and Lalu Prasad Yadav have always been close friends and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and I know each other since childhood, we'd a close friendship, he is my younger brother."

Further hinting at alliance with RJD, Chirag said that when election time will come in Bihar then LJD will take a final call on the alliance.

Besides, speaking about getting support from the Baharatiya Janata Party the former LJD president said, "I stood with BJP on each step, including CAA, NRC. However, chief minister Nitish Kumar disagreed with the same." On this he said that the BJP will have to decide whether they will support me or Nitish Kumar in the coming days.

After the party feud, Chirag Paswan has attempted to reach out to the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Notably, during the recent Bihar Assembly polls, Chirag Paswan had described himself as the 'Hanuman' of PM Modi.

The LJP leader said" "It is not right if Ram remains silent when Hanuman is being killed." The Jamui Lok Sabha MP added that from the time of "Satyug" till today, it was seen in Ramayana that Hanuman supported Lord Rama at every step. "Hanuman walked with Lord Ram at every step and in the same way, at every step his party LJP has stood with Narendra Modi Ji on every small and big decision." "As Hanuman who stood firmly with the BJP on every decision, today when the hour of crisis has come upon the LJP, it is expected that it would intervene, and try to resolve the matter somehow. But the silence of the BJP has certainly made me sad. Still, I will say that I have full faith in the PM that by taking the situation under control, he will definitely intervene to sort out this political issue," Chirag Paswan told ANI

However, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday held out an olive branch to Chirag Paswan, saying the beleaguered LJP leader must reconsider his continuance in the NDA, led by the BJP which swore by the RSS ideology instead of the Constitution.

The leader of the opposition also charged the ruling JD(U) in Bihar with being the "mastermind" behind the split in the LJP, which has left Chirag cornered within the party headed by him till recently and founded by his late father Ram Vilas Paswan.

Tejashwi also sought to remind Chirag that in 2005 and 2010 similar splits had been engineered by the JD(U) in the LJP while his father and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad had "helped Ram Vilas get a Rajya Sabha berth when he had lost his own Lok Sabha seat". "Chirag Paswan must now decide whom he wants to stand with those abiding by the Bunch of Thoughts (a famous polemical work by RSS ideologue M S Golwalkar) or those for whom the Constitution drafted by B R Ambedkar is supreme", said Yadav.

(With agency inputs)

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