BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on Friday cautioned his party leadership against an alliance between Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, which if finalised, could pose a challenge for the party in the next Bihar assembly polls.
With RJD President Lalu Prasad insisting on roping in Jitan Ram Manjhi in the proposed Janata Parivar alliance, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday sought to allay fears of any derailment in the merger process, saying there was nothing to worry about.
Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) chief Sharad Yadav on Monday rubbished speculations of a rift between his party and the Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), saying both parties would fight the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections together.
With Assembly polls due later this year and the merger of 'Janata Parivar' parties virtually in doldrums, BJP has decided to take to the public the verbal duel of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD President Lalu Prasad when they were in opposing camps.
Putting a question mark on the 'Janata Parivar' merger, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday skipped a crucial meeting called to iron out the differences with RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who mooted the idea of roping in Jitan Ram Manjhi, a known Kumar detractor, in the anti-BJP alliance.
Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Friday said Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav`s meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convened to sort out the seat sharing issue ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections.
A tussle over seat-sharing between JD(U) and RJD in Bihar assembly poll started on Friday with a senior RJD leader staking claim to 145 seats out of total 243 for his party, a demand which was rejected with disdain by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar.
RJD President Lalu Prasad on Thursday said efforts were on to sort out difficulties in the process of Janata Party merger and the constituents' aim was to defeat BJP in Bihar through an electoral alliance if the merger did not happen.
A day after ousted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav was issued a show cause notice for his alleged anti-party activities, the Madhepura MP said on Friday that he has written to the Election Commission and have sought an explanation into the matter. He also rubbished the show cause notice sent to him by the party leadership and threatened to resort to legal action if required.
Ousted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav on Friday questioned the friendship between Lalu Prasad Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav, further attacking the Janata Parivar after his expulsion from the party.
Days after announcement of merger of Janata Parivar, friction was visible among two of its important constituents JD(U) and RJD in the Assembly on Monday with latter pillorying Nitish Kumar government on various issues.
Virtually kick-starting the Janata Parivar's campaign for the Bihar assembly polls later this year, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Sunday asked people to vote for the party comprising him and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as it was the "real home" of poor.
As the six Janata Parivar parties merged on Wednesday to become a single party, the BJP said it was a temporary alliance of "political warlords" which would have no impact on Bihar Assembly polls due later this year.