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Options over, time for ‘drama’

Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday shrugged off the resignation of chief minister Nitish Kumar as a “drama” and claimed that there was internal rebellion in the JD(U) and he was left with no option.

The former Union minister said people of Bihar have rejected both — RJD chief Lalu Prasad and the JD(U) — and the next government in Bihar would be of the NDA in which his Lok Janshakti Party is an ally.

“It’s all a drama, Nitish has no option but to quit as there was internal rebellion in his party. Whether election happens in Bihar today, tomorrow or a year after, the NDA will form a government,” Paswan told PTI.

Paswan said the NDA government would work according to people’s expectations under the leadership of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

The Lok Janshakti Party, which was struggling for survival just before the elections, now has six MPs, the highest tally in LJP’s history and the number is even more than the ruling JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD. While the JD(U) has two MPs, RJD has four.

Paswan told the media: “The Lok Janshakti Party coalition with the BJP is not only for Lok Sabha elections but the two parties would work together in future too and fight the elections collectively.”

Paswan also urged his workers to start preparations for the Assembly elections. Riding on the NaMo wave, LJP candidates won six out of seven seats the party contested in the Lok Sabha elections. While Paswan was elected from Hajipur, his son, Chirag, won the Jamui seat, brother Ram Chandra Paswan got elected from the Samastipur seat.

Former state Congress president Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Quaiser, who switched to LJP a month before the elections also got elected from Khagaria seat. LJP’s Rama Kishore Singh won the Vaishali seat trouncing RJD heavyweight Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, while Veena Devi, the wife of Surajbhan Singh, got elected from the Munger seat.

The only seat that the party lost was Nalanda. Paswan said his party candidate lost the Nalanda seat as the entire state machinery system worked against the LJP candidate Satyanand Sharma, as Nalanda — the home district of chief minister Nitish Kumar — happens to be the prestige seat for Nitish. Paswan added that his candidate would challenge the election of JD(U) candidate in the high court.


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