In a blow to Nitish Kumar, the JDU unit of Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu today joined the BJP, in the presence of its National President JP Nadda & National Gen. Sec. BL Santhosh. The move has come after 8 Congress MLAs had joined BJP in Goa earlier this week.
While BJP is trying to gain ground in the southern part of the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in a tie-up with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party, can trounce the formidable BJP in adjoining Uttar Pradesh, the JD(U) asserted on Saturday.
JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan made the averment while also claiming that the party’s workers in UP want Kumar, the de facto leader, to contest the next Lok Sabha polls in the adjoining state.
"The most enthusiastic demand for our CM as Lok Sabha poll candidate has come from Phulpur. Similar demands have been made by workers in Ambedkar Nagar and Mirzapur. Elections are more than a year away, though, and we are therefore not thinking in terms of accepting or rejecting such demands," said the JD(U) chief.
He, however, dropped ample hints that the party would like to have a tie-up with the SP, founded by Mulayam Singh Yadav whom Kumar had met during his recent Delhi visit.
"Our leader's drive for opposition unity is making waves. Although he can choose to contest from any of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, the demands arising from UP are indicative of the buzz around his national initiative," said the JD(U) president.
"If Nitish and Akhilesh (ex-CM and Mulayam's son) come together, the BJP, which had won 65 Lok Sabha seats in UP in 2019, could be bundled out for less than 20," said Lalan.
The Bihar's longest-serving CM has been showing an inclination to play a role in national politics since his sudden parting of ways with the BJP a month ago.