Acrimony between the RJD and LJP seems to have reached a flashpoint with senior LJP leaders meeting party chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Delhi. Sources said most of the party leaders are in favour of calling off the five-year-old alliance with the RJD and finding a new partner in Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav already dropped hints during his Bihar visit saying Paswan is a very good friend.
Top LJP leaders including former Balia MP Suraj Bhan Singh,state LJP chief Pashupati Kumar Paras and party strongman from Hajipur Rama Singh met Paswan and the partys parliamentary board chairperson Chirag Paswan. Though there is no official statement from the LJP,it is learnt the party can unilaterally decide to call off the alliance with the RJD.
Paswan is reportedly upset with RJD chief Lalu Prasad for not trying to broker peace and rein in top party leaders like Raghuvansh Prasad Singh,who continued to attack LJP. An LJP leader said: Laluji did not deem it fit to try to save the alliance after he was discharged from AIIMS and rather decided to go Muzaffarnagar relief camps to further his secular politics.
The LJP,sources said,may end the alliance with the RJD after January 8 and start talks with JD(U). Paswan is still buying time because he does not want a situation that brings his party in confrontation with the Congress. LJP leaders are of the view that the party may be forced to be content with chances of contesting six-seven LS seats if RJD strikes an alliance with Congress.
JD(U),for its part,sees consolidation of Dalit votes if LJP aligns with it. Though Paswans are not a part of the Mahadalits,JD(U) may chalk out a formula to extend similar welfare measures to Paswans on the lines of Mahadalits.