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RJD face joins BJP, powers Yadav base

Patna, July 12: Satyanarayan Singh Yadav, the state RJD general secretary and former MLA from Obra in Aurangabad district, was yet another Yadav face from Lalu Prasadís party to join the BJP today with his 61 of his supporters.

Last week, the former cabinet colleague of Rabri Devi, Sonadhari Singh Yadav, had joined the BJP. The developments, apparently, suggest BJPís continued efforts to rope in Yadavs ó the single largest caste with over 15 per cent population and the backbone of Laluís strength in the state.

Like Sonadhari, Satyanarayan and his brigade joined the BJP in the presence of Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Nand Kishore Yadav and party MP from Pataliputra Ram Kripal Yadav, the old and new Yadav faces in the party respectively.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had initiated the move to woo the Yadavs in a big way during his election campaigns in Bihar ó he had referred to Dwarka in Gujarat associated with Lord Krishna idolised by the Yadavs to win over the single largest caste in the state.

The BJP got a big success in its pursuit when the RJD general secretary and right-hand man of Lalu Prasad, Ram Kripal Yadav joined the BJP, defeating Laluís daughter Misa Bharati on the Pataliputra seat in the general election.

A section of young Yadav voters fell for Narendra Modiís charm, swelling the number of its MPs in a big way in Bihar. The BJP-led alliance won 31 Lok Sabha seats against only nine divided among the non-BJP parties.

Having tasted success with the Yadavs in the Lok Sabha polls ó by and large known for their loyalty to Lalu Prasad for over two decades ó the BJP has been following it up in the run-up to the Assembly elections due later next year.

What might have been causing anxious moments to Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, the two erstwhile arch-rivals who of late have been burying their hatchet is the fact that the BJP has been successfully poaching from the JDU and RJD camps. But neither has so far succeeded in making inroads in the BJP, particularly after the Lok Sabha elections.