LJP chief Chirag keen to contest Bihar assembly polls | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The NDA ally, Lok Janshakti Party, has claimed their chief Chirag Paswan may contest the assembly election in Bihar as the party is keen to project him as the chief minister face in the state.
“Our party strongly believes that the CM should be elected directly by people and not by selection. If you are not elected by people, you won’t get the feedback from the ground. So far there has been no discussion among partners about seat sharing. As we are losing more days, our Plan-B to put candidates against all JD(U) candidates is actually becoming Plan A. We are prepared to give a tough fight,” said an LJP leader in condition of anonymity.
Political circles were seeing this as another sign of LJP’s feud with Bihar CM minister Nitish Kumar whom NDA has projected as their choice for the top job in the state, with “election versus selection” formulation appearing to be a jibe trained at the JD(U) boss who is a member of the Legislative Council.
While the ties between LJP and JDU have almost snapped, Paswan has tried to be on the right side of the BJP.
The BJP, for its part, reciprocated the sentiment but has rejected LJP’s insistence not to project Nitish as CM, with all party leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi downwards declaring the incumbent as their mascot for the polls.
LJP ‘s patience seems to be running thin also because BJP is unlikely to be very generous in allotting seats for Ramvilas Paswan’s party to contest.
Sources said the regional party from Bihar would write to the BJP to get a clear picture about the alliance and seat sharing so that it can start preparation. “Our candidates also need time for poll preparation. We don’t know what the BJP has to offer to us,” said another leader.
Meanwhile, after some JD(U) leaders threw a challenge to the LJP chief to contest election without being in alliance with BJP, Chirag’s colleagues hit back saying JD(U) is also dependent on BJP for survival and would receive a rude shock, if it were to go to the hustings on its own. “They will receive the biggest blow. They are depending highly on BJP and PM Narendra Modi’s popularity and decisions,” two LJP leaders told TOI.

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