PATNA: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA)in Bihar is slowly disintegrating ahead of the next Lok Sabha election due early next year.
In a fresh development, the son-in-law of federal minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan has joined the opposition RJD headed by Lalu Prasad.
Anil Paswan who headed the Dalit Sena, a frontal wing of the LJP, accepted the membership of the RJD with hundreds of his supporters at a meeting addressed by former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav on Wednesday. The development has come as a huge setback to the LJP, a key constituent of the NDA in Bihar.
“Although the LJP chief claims to be working for dalits yet he has been constantly ignoring their interests just to stay in power somehow or the other,” charged Paswan shortly after joining the RJD.
He alleged his father-in-law had been working against the Dalits after coming in the grip of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and added the attacks on Dalits had increased under the NDA rule.
Paswan further dared his father-in-law to contest elections from the general seat, instead of reserved ones, and accused him of compromising with party’s principles and surrendering before the RSS just for “little personal gains”.
This is the second biggest setback to the NDA in the past over a week. On February 28, former Bihar chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief Jitan Ram Manji had walked out of the NDA to join the company of the RJD.
Yet another NDA ally, the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) headed by union minister Upendra Kushwaha too is annoyed with the BJP and is likely to dump the NDA very soon.
Kushwaha too is said to be in touch with the RJD leadership.
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