New Delhi, 18 June-2014: Indicating a political upheaval in Bihar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday announced his party’s support to Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in the Rajya Sabha election, to be held on Thursday.
The former Bihar chief minister, who has been banned from contesting election for six years after his conviction in a fodder scam case, however, said that the RJD would not issue a whip. But he insisted that the party was intact and no MLA would cross vote tomorrow.
The decision came after RJD’s second legislative party meeting in Patna as many days. Justifying the decision, Lalu said it was taken “to keep the communal forces at bay”.
While announcing the RJD support to JD-U candidates, Lalu said the two parties must forget the past and move ahead.
Former chief minister Nitish Kumar, who was seen as Lalu’s bete noire so far, had earlier spoken to his once friend Lalu seeking his party’s support in the election for the members of the Upper House, citing BJP as their common enemy.
BJP and JD-U had ended their long alliance last year over Nitish Kumar’s political rivalry with Narendra Modi, who eventually went on to become the Prime Minister.
BJP and its ally Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) had emerged as the biggest gainers in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, which was the first major election since its break-up with the JD-U. The ruling party had suffered a humiliating loss in the state.
(Input Source: indiatoday.in)