MLAs and leaders of the Rashtriya Janata Dal visited Rabri Devi, the wife of the party’s leader, Lalu Prasad Yadav, at her Patna residence on Tuesday amid rumours of an ongoing dispute between the Janata Dal United (JD-U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar.
According to Ajit Sharma, the head of the Congress in the Bihar assembly, the state’s major opposition alliance was represented at the RJD conference called by Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the party’s leader and the son of Lalu Yadav.
Before the meeting, the RJD leaders who would be attending were asked to turn in their cell phones.
After Kumar skipped a crucial meeting of the NITI Aayog, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday and JD(U) leader RCP Singh submitted his resignation from the party, rumours of a developing split between the BJP and JDU, i.e., the NDA alliance in Bihar, increased. Singh, who was once regarded as a close aide to Nitish Kumar, announced his departure from the party after receiving a notification requesting an explanation over corruption charges.
Bihar Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha said “There seems to be a situation of instability and in such a situation, definitely something will come out. The Central government has been using the central agencies. The situation has never been right for the past one year.”
Mukesh Sahani, the leader of the Vikassheel Insaan Party, had said that the BJP is engaging in politics to oust its own alliance partners in numerous states. “It attempted to overthrow the JD(U), but Kumar intervened. It also practised politics in the past through Chirag Paswan. It’s preferable to act quickly, “added Sahani.
In the 2020 Assembly elections, when the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 125 seats, the RJD came out on top as the single-largest party, followed by the BJP with 74, the JD(U), the Vikassheel Insaan Party with 4, and the Hindustan Awaam Party (Secular) with 4.