Bihar Elections: Why LJP Vs JDU May Help BJP?
LJP president Chirag Paswan’s all-out attack on Bihar CM and JDU president Nitish Kumar keeps the door open for post-poll politics.
The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) decision to go solo in the Bihar Assembly election 2020 has thrown open many possibilities in the poll-bound state. At the core of the tussle is definitely the LJP’s own fight for survival but party president Chirag Paswan’s all-out attack on Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JDU) president keeps the door for all post-poll political negotiations open. This is not the first time that the LJP is cherry-picking in an assembly election. It put up candidates against the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in 2005 Bihar Assembly election while both were part of the Congress-led UPA that was ruling at the Centre.
LJP founder Ram Vilas Paswan was a minister at the Centre. He is a minister in the Narendra Modi government now and his party, the LJP, is preparing to put up candidates against the JDU but will offer no challenge to the BJP in Bihar Assembly elections. Both the JDU and the LJP are part of the NDA, ruling at the Centre. The LJP went solo in Manipur Assembly election in 2017 where it formed a post-poll alliance with the BJP to form the government. What makes the LJP’s stand in Bihar Assembly election more curious is Chirag Paswan’s relentless attack on Nitish Kumar and claim that the BJP-LJP alliance will form the next government in the state.
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