‘Paswan ka Chirag’ set to light up Bihar poll scene

Ready to challenge Nitish Kumar while keeping friendly ties with BJP

Attacking the JD(U), LJP leader Chirag Paswan said giving votes to the Nitish Kumar-led party will push Bihar back.. Photo: PTI

Amid cracks in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over seat-sharing between Lok Janshakti Party and Janata Dal (United), Chirag Paswan — the challenger to Nitish Kumar’s single-handed authority in Bihar — is positioning himself as the kingmaker and preparing to quit the alliance ahead of the polls.

It is evident that Bihar will witness a multi-corner contest in the assembly elections as Chirag seems to be trying hard to convince his father Ram Vilas Paswan to leave the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state, while keeping ties with BJP intact.

The LJP aims to contest 143 of the total 243 seats in Bihar, presenting Chirag as an alternative to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in future.

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The party, however, is vary of severing its ties with the Modi-Shah combine and will not field a candidate against BJP.

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On Friday, several posters were seen in Patna with the slogan “Modi se bair nahi, Nitish teri khair nahi” (No issues with Modi, but Nitish, you’re done) in a bid to target the CM.

The final decision on going alone will be taken at LJP’s parliamentary meeting on Saturday evening.

Senior LJP leader and party Khagaria MP Mehboob Ali Kaiser told The Print that the party is thinking of moving out of NDA because the alliance is not willing to give them enough number of winnable seats.

“We are not getting enough seats. Forget enough seats, the main question is favourable seats which we can win. If you give us such seats where we have no presence, there is no use of it. So it will be good for both to fight alone on more seats to expand party reach for the future,” said Kaiser.

Chirag Paswan is in talks with Amit Shah and J.P. Nadda but no official statement was issued till the time this report was filed.

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