Patna: As the Assembly elections are nearing, the political scenario in Bihar is getting more interesting. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) seems to have become a ‘shelter home’ for those who have turned rebels in other parties over denial of tickets. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: PM Modi on Tight Schedule Today, to Address Four Back-to-back Rallies in Bihar | Full Schedule Here
The LJP, which is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, has emerged as a favoured option for the rebels in the NDA. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Stage For Pappu Yadav's Rally Collapses, Takes Down Leader as Well | WATCH
Latest in the list is senior BJP leader and MLA from Nokha, Rameshwar Chaurasia who joined LJP in Patna on Wednesday. Also Read - On BJP's Free Vaccine Promise in Bihar Poll Manifesto, EC Says 'Not Violative of Model Code'
Senior BJP leader Usha Vidyarthi also joined the LJP on Wednesday. She has earlier been the vice president of the Bihar BJP and also a state minister.
After joining the LJP, she said that she was impressed with Chirag’s stand against Nitish and to take Bihar forward there was a need to take hard decisions. She said that ‘Bihar First, Bihari First’ is an idea whose time has come.
Earlier on Tuesday, veteran BJP leader Rajendra Singh joined the LJP. According to sources, he will contest the Assembly elections from Dinara. The JD-U has given the ticket to its minister Jayakumar Singh from Dinara.
Jawahar Prasad, a five-time BJP MLA from Sasaram, is also angry with the party and the LJP is said to be in contact with him too.
Sources reveal that many leaders are in touch with the LJP, including BJP leader Ram Sanjeevan Singh of Bhojpur, Devesh Sharma of Jehanabad, Ramavatar Singh of Gaya, R S Singh, former JD-U vice-president of Aurangabad district and Kapil Dev Singh, former JD-U vice-president of Khagaria.
An LJP leader said, “Party President Chirag Paswan is in contact with dozens of veteran leaders from the BJP, JD-U and RJD who are ready to contest elections. The party is giving priority to leaders with a strong voter base. Chirag will soon announce the list of the first phase candidates.”
News agency IANS quoted Sanjay Saraf, a senior LJP leader and a member of the party’s media panel as saying is there any harm in it if anyone joins the party?
He said that many ministers of the BJP and the JD-U are in touch with the party. In response to a question, he said, “The LJP has prepared a list of candidates for 143 seats, but out of the leaders who have recently joined the party, only those who are heavyweights or have a strong voter base, will be given a ticket after holding discussions with the party workers. Workers will not be ignored in candidate selection.”
(With inputs from IANS)