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Kumar apprehensive of Lalu, will welcome him into NDA: Paswan

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan today said he will welcome into the and claimed that the JD(U) chief was apprehensive that his ally of the RJD would weaken his party.

Speaking to reporters here on the 16th of his party, the Union minister lauded Kumar for his support to the Centre's step, saying he had taken a "bold decision".

Paswan's Lok Jantantrik Party is part of the ruling coalition at the Centre.

"If comes to the NDA, I will welcome him," the LJP leaded said. He, however, added that any such decision was the prerogative of the BJP, which headed the coalition.

Paswan claimed that Kumar, whose party JD(U) was a former ally and now a bitter rival, was working "under the pressure of Prasad" who had a "history of weakening his allies".

He cited the examples of and CPI, both of which were influential in in the 90s but lost much of it during their alliance with the former chief minister, and claimed that the JD(U)-RJD alliance will not last for more than two-and-a-half years.

Sources in the JD(U) though pooh-poohed speculation over Kumar's support to and or Paswan's praise for the chief minister.

A JD(U) leader said to see anything deeper in this was "absurd" as Kumar had already spoken about making India "Sangh-mukt" (RSS-free).

chief Amit Shah had also praised Kumar yesterday, setting tongues wagging in the political circles.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, November 28 2016. 18:13 IST