Nitish seeks foe Lalu’s help to bail out JD(U) nominees in RS bypoll

‘BJP is the main conspirator in the RS bypoll (for supporting rebellion within JD-U and backing two Independents). It wants to destabilise the Jitan Ram Manjhi government and thrust an early election in Bihar,’ Kumar said.

‘I have talked to Lalu Prasad, Congress state chief Ashok Choudhary, its legislature party leader Sadanand Singh and CPI secretary Rajendra Singh seeking their support for victory of two JD(U) candidates in the bypoll to the Rajya Sabha in Bihar,’ Kumar told reporters at the JD(U) headquarters here.

Asked whether his appeal to Prasad arose from political compulsion, Kumar said, ‘No, it is because of the prevailing political circumstances as we have to fight a common enemy in BJP which is mocking us.’

Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi, however, ridiculed Kumar for ‘begging’ his arch rival Prasad against whom he fought for past two decades for victory of his candidates in the RS (the upper house of Indian Parliament) by-poll.

‘BJP has no interest to destabilise the Jitan Ram Manjhi government which is being remote-controlled by Nitish Kumar. He has set his house on fire and blaming BJP for it,’ he told reporters.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan mocked the ‘compulsive’ coming together of rivals JD (U)’s Nitish Kumar and RJD’s Lalu Prasad and said it would not help them as they have been rejected by people.

‘Those who missed no opportunity to abuse each other are seeking support from each other,’ Paswan said in an apparent reference to Nitish approaching Lalu for the victory of two party nominees in Rajya Sabha by-poll.
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