Chirag Paswan (File photo)
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The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will hold an important meeting with its Bihar leaders on Monday. In this meeting, it will be decided whether the upcoming state assembly elections will be fought against JD (U) or not. In recent times, relations between the two ruling parties of the ruling NDA in Bihar have deteriorated.
In a letter to Nitish, he accused him of not fulfilling the earlier promises made to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. In these promises, there was also mention of giving them three dismal land. He said, if Nitish Sarkar was serious, he should have given a job to a family member of all the people of the community who died during his 15 years of rule.
Ram Vilas Paswan's party LJP and Janata Dal (United) headed by Nitish Kumar have been targeting each other for the past few months. The relationship between the two parties has worsened after Nitish joined hands with former chief minister and Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi. Manjhi has been targeting LJP.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan's party is now headed by his son Chirag Paswan. Sources said the party has an option to remain a part of the BJP-led NDA at the Center but contested elections in the state without contesting against the saffron party.
LJP contested against NDA in the Bihar Assembly elections held in February 2005. Whereas, both the regional parties were part of the Congress-led UPA government at the Center. The LJP had fielded candidates against the NDA while maintaining its alliance with the Congress.
All party leaders, including BJP National President JP Nadda, along with all the three constituents of NDA are insisting on contesting elections. But, sources said, a sense of uneasiness is coming as Nitish Kumar is strengthening his position by trying to get NDA leaders in his court and forging alliances with Manjhi.
The JD (U) has also clarified that it will not talk about seat sharing with the LJP as it traditionally has links with the BJP. At the same time, Chirag Paswan refrains from targeting the BJP while targeting Nitish and also praises Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Election Commission is expected to announce the schedule of Bihar assembly elections soon. Elections are expected to be held in October-November on 243 assembly seats in the state.