New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav took an apparent dig at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and said that nobody is more opportunistic than him. Calling him (Nitish Kumar) Chacha (Uncle), Yadav said,”Despite being abused, if my chacha can continue with the NDA, then is it fair to dub the opposition as opportunists.”
Furthermore, he termed the NDA’s seat sharing in Bihar a “knee-jerk reaction” to the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) joining the Grand Alliance, and said the BJP-led grouping would draw a blank in the state in 2019. Yadav claimed that the NDA was shaken after the exit of Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, which forced it to announce the number of seats to be fought by each alliance partner “without identifying seats for different constituents”.
Notably, the RJD leader’s remarks came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the proposed ‘mahagathbandhan‘ an “unholy alliance” of various political parties for “personal survival”.
People will see through the ‘incoherent alliance’ of ‘rich dynasties,’ Modi said during his interaction with booth workers from Chennai Central, Chennai North, Madurai, Tiruchirappally and Tiruvallur constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
“Today several leaders are talking about a grand alliance or a mahagathbandhan. This alliance is for personal survival, not ideology based support. This alliance is for power, not for the people. This alliance is for personal ambitions, not people’s aspirations,” PM Modi charged.
Earlier on Sunday, BJP party president Amit Shah announced that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal (United) (JDU) would contest 17 seats each while the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) would fight on six seats in Bihar for the 2019 general elections.
Addressing media in presence of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Lok Janshakti Party chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Shah said that LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan will also be the Rajya Sabha candidate of the NDA. Shah claimed that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win more than 31 seats it had in 2014 and expressed confidence that it will come back to power in 2019. The state has 40 Lok Sabha seats.