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Political temperature in Bihar rises as Chirag Paswan meets Tejashwi Yadav

Chirag Paswan’s meeting with RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav in Patna has given air to the speculation of an alliance between them, however, the former downplayed it.

LJP’s Chirag Paswan, on Wednesday, met the Leader of Opposition, Tejashwi Yadav in Patna to invite him for the first death anniversary function of his father and former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in the state’s capital on September 12. Soon after the meeting, the speculation of an alliance between the two young leaders started to surface, however, Chirag downplayed it. 

The beleaguered LJP leader is also scheduled to meet RJD patriarch and former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav on Thursday. Chirag, while talking to media persons said, “No political meaning should be taken out of such meetings. My father shared a great relationship with Lalu Ji and they respected each other a lot. I have invited Tejashwi Ji as a part of our tradition.”

On the question of whether he will invite CM Nitish Kumar for the event or not, he said, I have sought an appointment with him but so far there has not been any response. 

Tejashwi Yadav was more unequivocal in his response, he said, “When I started my political career in 2010, LJP and RJD were allies. I learnt many things from Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. He was our guardian. Chirag will also meet my father as well. My father, who is recovering, will attend the event.” On being asked about the possibility of an alliance, Tejashwi said “My father has dropped several hints and I don’t need to say anything further.”

The speculation of LJP-RJD forging an alliance has been doing the rounds for quite a few times.

Chirag, who has been touring the state to regain his lost political ground has been warming up to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as well and recently he was praised by Lalu Prasad Yadav. Lalu said ‘Chirag is a leader of masses.’ The former also hinted at a willingness to form a new alliance. 

Things have been tough for Chirag Paswan as he first lost his father and after his father’s sad demise, the party performed poorly in the recently concluded Bihar Assembly Election. Trouble mounted further for the LJP’s leader as he was cornered by his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras, MP from Hajipur, who has engineered a split with the help of few leaders of the party. More than 5 MPs of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has rebelled against Paswan and his uncle was even inducted into the Council of Ministers in the newly formed Union Cabinet, sidelining Chirag.

This is a testing time for Chirag Paswan as it’s the battle for his political survival.

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