New Delhi: NDA ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has asked the Election Commission to postpone the Bihar assembly election 2020, scheduled to be held later this year. The Chirag Paswan-led LJP has written to the poll panel against holding the state elections in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and floods. Also Read - Rhea Chakraborty Speaks Against Nitish Kumar in Affidavit to Supreme Court, Says 'Bihar CM Responsible For FIR' in Her Name
The LJP asserted that resources should be focussed on curbing the COVID-19 crisis and tackling floods rather than organizing polls. “Holding the polls in such circumstances will amount to deliberately pushing people towards death,”the NDA ally in Bihar told the EC. Also Read - Rajasthan Crisis: Reconciliation on Cards? Rebel MLAs Approach Party High Command, Pilot Likely to Meet Gandhis, Say Reports
Meanwhile, with the assembly polls in Bihar, the sour relations between the two NDA partners have fuelled speculation about new political alliances in the state where both parties have a history of being a BJP ally as well as adversary. The BJP has though asserted that the NDA is intact in the state. It has also announced Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance. Also Read - BJP, Congress Leaders on Toes as Manipur MLAs to Participate in Trust Vote in Assembly
LJP president Chirag Paswan has been taking swipes at the government led by Nitish Kumar despite the parties of these two leaders being allies of the BJP.
Earlier in the day, he attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar questioning the success of liquor ban in Bihar as he cited a case in which a ward councillor, reportedly in an inebriated state, abused him and his father Ram Vilas Paswan.
Referring to Sanjay Yadav, who was arrested after a video of him abusing and threatening Chirag Paswan and his father went viral, the LJP chief said in a letter to Kumar that reports claimed that he was in an inebriated condition in the video.
“Prohibition is one of your ambitious projects. If liquor is being sold and consumed despite the ban, then it raises questions on claims about prohibition,” he wrote to the JD(U) chief, asking him to take action against the people involved.