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Cracks in NDA: RJD join Upendra Kushwaha’s Human Chain, BJP-JD(U) skip

 The speculations of possible cracks in the NDA coalition in Bihar are rife since senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Singh claimed the talks going on between NDA allies and RJD’s top leadership.  

 

The National Democratic Party is falling apart and it is evident from the recent incidents of allies snubbing the BJP who is spearheading the coalition. In a National Executive meet recently, Shiv Sena announced that it will leave NDA and will contest the election separately in 2019. Telugu Desam Party too is not keen on keeping up the alliance with BJP as the party MPs have expressed their displeasure over Centre’s apathy towards the state of Andhra Pradesh. Now, the BJP’s ally in Bihar Rashtriya Lok Samata Party too seems to be walking on the footprints of the two parties.

Recently, RLSP chief and Union Cabinet Minister Upendra Kushwaha called for a Human Chain formation for improving the quality of education. However, the event drew eyeballs for a different reason. Present at the events were senior leaders of Rashtriya Janata Dal Shivanand Tiwary and Ramchandra Purve. No leader from the JD(U) or BJP marked their presence at the event which triggered the speculations of crack in the NDA coalition.

On the other hand, Kushwaha has denied that there is any discontent among NDA members. RLSP has three Lok Sabha members.

Earlier, Senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had claimed that some senior leaders of the ruling NDA in Bihar were feeling “uneasy” in the BJP-led coalition and planning to join hands with Lalu Prasad’s party. He had named Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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“All the BJP allies are feeling uneasy in the NDA. Look at Shiv Sena. Similar developments will take place in Bihar. Upendra Kushwaha is trying to chart his independent course. Jitan Manjhi is in talks with senior leaders of our party. Their switching sides is just a matter of formality,” Singh told media.

However, Upendra Kushwaha told reporters in a presser that the speculations of crack in NDA are not true. He said the NDA allies declared their support for his initiative but they could not be present at the event because of their engagement in other works. “NDA allies party workers have helped us a lot in organising this event,” said Kushwaha.

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