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Denied RJD ticket, rebel Ram Kripal to join BJP

Sources close to Yadav said that Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) had also been offering him the desired ticket.

Dissident Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Ram Kripal Yadav is set to join the BJP on Tuesday morning, four days after his former mentor Lalu Prasad denied him a ticket to contest from Pataliputra in Patna.

Yadav, who set out for Delhi from Patna on Monday evening after spending the whole day in Pataliputra, will meet BJP president Rajnath Singh for a formal announcement.

Sources close to Yadav said that Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) had also been offering him the desired ticket but Yadav was keen on BJP as it had been in touch with him since Friday.

Yadav also considered a perceived “BJP wave” in Bihar to finally take a decision. The BJP leadership had assigned its senior leaders Dharmendra Pradhan and Ravi Shankar Prasad the job of engineering the parleys with the Bihar strongman, who represented the Patna seat in the Lok Sabha thrice in the past.

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On Monday, Yadav spent the whole day interacting with local leaders from the Yadav and Muslim groups in Patna. He is said to have taken the final decison after he got favourable feedback from the grassroots workers.

The Yadav votebase is considered one of the key game changers in Bihar and the BJP has not had a big name from that clan to woo that share in the state.

Yadav had let his desire for that ticket be known to Lalu much before the ticket distribution — a claim Lalu himself has denied. Misa had later offered to give up her candidacy but Yadav had termed that an “emotional ploy” by the first family of RJD to which he had been close for two decades.