Patna: Despite reports of the growing rift between allies JDU and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) in the state, the former seems least bothered. Speaking to media on Friday, Bihar JD(U) chief Bashistha Narain Singh said, “Nitish Kumar or JDU’s health is not affected by what someone is saying. The NDA is strong and it doesn’t matter who comes or goes.”
Singh was reacting to RLSP chief and Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha’s outburst over his party leader’s killing. Earlier this week, RLSP leader Amit Bhushan Verma was shot dead in Patna’s Paliganj in Bihar while he was attending a cultural event in the area. Kushwaha, who visited the bereaved family, had slammed the Nitish Kumar government, alleging that there had been selective killings in the state.
Taking to Twitter, Kushwaha wrote, “Ghatna pat ghatna, phir ghatna, ghatnao ka silsila, har taraf, har pehar, chun chun kar hatya..phir bhi sushashan? Shayad unhone badaldi hai Bihar mein suhashan ki paribhasha (One incident after another, series of incidents, everywhere, there have been selective killings…still the government calls it good governance? Perhaps, the state government has changed the definition of good governance in Bihar).”
There have also been reports of the RLSP parting ways with the alliance for the Lok Sabha elections. Kushwaha has also accused Nitish Kumar of poaching his party MLAs, adding that his clout wasn’t dependent on just one or two MLAs. He also claimed that the poaching attempts by the JD(U) could “harm the NDA” in Bihar and sought the BJP’s intervention in the matter.
Kushwaha’s accusation came after reports that two legislators of his party – Lalan Paswan and Sudhanshu Shekhar – might switch over to the ruling party. The speculations were triggered following Shekhar’s meeting with JD(U) vice president Prashant Kishor.