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JDU faces RJD-like revolt as Lalu Prasad Yadav tries whisking MPs away

Monday, 3 March 2014 - 9:00am IST | Agency: dna

  • Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar staging a dharna for demanding special category status for Bihar state in Patna on Sunday. PTI

The RJD is planning to pay the JDU back in the same coin. Highly placed sources in the JDU and the RJD confirmed to dna that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav is in constant touch with at least seven MPs who are presently with the JDU. It is learnt that the RJD has already promised them tickets from their coveted constituencies. Subsequent to the notification the parting of ways may take place.

But the issue may not be as simple as it appears on the surface. It speaks amply for the fact that the possible change in allegiance is not just confined to opportunist politics but has to do with the ways the party is allegedly unilaterally being run by Nitish Kumar.

With one stroke of pen Nitish Kumar may have decided the fate of five MPs in the party; showing them the door but the threat of the harsh decision to actually boomerang on him looms large.

Sushil Singh, Purnamashi Ram and Mangni Lal Mandal were not in good books of Bihar chief minister since 2010 and in the past as well action was taken against them by the party.

Of late, Shivanand Tiwari after being denied a Rajya Sabha seat had vociferously begun to question the alleged totalitarian ways of Nitish Kumar. He had gone to the extent of saying that Nitish Kumar deliberately wanted him to lose the elections and blamed him for engineering defections in the RJD.

It may be recalled that Nitish Kumar had bluntly rejected the applications of Shivanand Tiwari, N K Singh, Sabir Ali and Sharad Yadav. of sending them to Rajya Sabha. Party insiders indicate that Nitish Kumar had even bypased Sharad Yadav in deciding to part ways with the BJP. Insiders also indicate that several MPs were not happy with the ways of Nitish Kumar and the Bihar chief minister was apprehensive of the growing discontent in the party so he took the decision of showing five MPs the door just before elections.

The political circle is rife with talks that leaders like Maheswar Hazari, Monazir Hassan, Baidnath Prasad Mehto, Bhudev Chaudhary, all MPs in JDU, may part ways with the party fearing losing tickets this time and the RJD waiting to lap them up.

Another matter of discomfort for the JDU is the fact that Ram Vilash Paswan would be sharing the dais with Narendra Modi on March 3 in Muzaffarpur.

Time and again Nitish Kumar had heaped praises on the dalit leader with the intent of sealing a deal with the party which may this time round swing the mahadalit vote in its favour.

Much seems to be cooking in the political couldron of Bihar after the split in the RJD Nitish Kumar on Friday indicated that LJP struck into a deal as per their convenience.

The BJP however seems to have outwitted the JDU in weaning away the mahadalit vote.

The split within the RJD and the delay in its alliance with the Congress have considerably dampened the prospects of the party in the forthcoming elections thereby forcing Lalu Prasad Yadav to leave the talks with the Congress and head back to Bihar to save the small flock that it is now left with. Since the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and the LJP, both claimants to the mahadalit and EBC votes, are now with the BJP, it appears that Nitish Kumar will have a tough time convincing the voters.

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