PATNA: Will the RJD headed by mighty Bihar politician Lalu Prasad join hands with the BJP for the coming Bihar assembly elections due in 2020?
Although the issue remains a hot subject of debate, Prasad’s younger son and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav has created storms in the political circles with his revelation that the RJD had got the BJP offer in 2016 to form government in Bihar although it rejected.
“We had got the BJP offer for government formation in Bihar but we spurned the offer keeping in view our party ideology,” Tejashwi told the media in the state assembly premises on Monday.
“Had we accepted the offer, Sushil Modi still would have been the deputy chief minister but working under the RJD chief minister,” Tejashwi asserted.
The million dollor question now being debated in the political circles is that is the RJD making up its mind to ally with the BJP which was once considered “untouchable” or it is a ploy to put pressure on the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Political commentators say so far Nitish Kumar had been strongly bargaining with the BJP with the option of allying with the RJD but now that Tejashwi revealing the BJP offer, the former finds his option limited. Or, Nitish Kumar has just no option of walking out of the NDA in the event of being offered less number of seats by its ally.
The chief minister already looks under tremendous pressures from the BJP which can well be underlined from his party decision to distance itself from rebel BJP leader Saryu Rai .
At one point of time, the JD-U had announced it full support to Rai contesting against Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das and even declared Nitish Kumar could campaign for him if receiving such requests.
But very soon, its big talks punctured with the chief minister himself declaring he had no plan to go to Jharkhand for campaigning.
Strangely, the JD-U is contesting elections alone on quite good number of seats in Jharkhand with the BJP refusing to ally with the former. Yet Nitish Kumar’s announcement to stay away from campaigning has surprised everyone.