Even though the BJP is willing to induct RJD rebel Ram Kripal Yadav to score “psychological advantage” over RJD chief Lalu Prasad, another RJD leader Nawal Kishore Yadav, who recently joined the BJP, is the only hitch before Ram Kripal.
Nawal Kishore Yadav, said to be backed by Baba Ramdev, is front-runner for the Pataliputra seat that is all set to become a battle of Yadavs, with the BJP and the JD(U) most likely to field Yadav candidates. Lalu Prasad’s eldest daughter, Misa Bharati, was Thursday declared RJD nominee from Pataliputra.
Though Lalu said Ram Kripal “never expressed desire” to contest from Pataliputra, sources said he always wanted to contest from the coveted seat but the party “gave preference to family over loyalist”.
Sources said that central BJP leadership has been in talks with Ram Kripal Yadav and might take a call on fielding him from Pataliputra. “But the biggest hitch is Nawal Kishore Yadav, who was recently brought to BJP with similar assurance.
But Ram Kripal will always have bigger symbolic value for BJP than Nawal Kishore,” said a senior BJP leader, adding that the party had started working out “formula to placate Nawal Kishore and accommodate Ram Kripal”. Sources said Ram Kripal has not yet resigned from RJD and had been marking time.
RJD state president Ramchandra Purve, who had been willing to contest from Muzaffarpur seat, is also upset after the party conceded the seat to Congress. Former DGP Ashish Ranjan Sinha, who was being tipped as party candidate from Nalanda, was also left sulking after the party gave the seat to the Congress.