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Tejashwi hints Kushwaha is welcome to join RJD-led alliance

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

RJD today said had no place in the NDA and hinted that the would be welcomed if he chose to switch sides and join the RJD-led in

"It has been evident that Kushwaha has no place in the NDA, of which his party is a constituent. He has been ploughing a lonely furrow on a number of issues," Yadav, the RJD heir apparent, told reporters here.

Asked whether the RJD would accept Kushwaha's RLSP into the of which RJD is the largest partner, Yadav said, "It is for him to take a decision. If he wishes to come with us, we will think over the matter."

"He organised a state-wide human chain a few months ago on the issue of educational reforms which his alliance partners sneered at. It was our party which supported him on that occasion as we agreed with his cause," Yadav said.

Kushwaha was absent at a get-together of the NDA here last night and his party demanded that the next and assembly polls be fought under his leadership. The Union for HRD, however, sought to downplay his absence today, saying it was because of some "personal reasons" and asserted that the coalition was intact.

At present, Kushwaha is engaged in a campaign demanding representation of all sections of the society in higher judiciary, Yadav said.

This cause is also supported by the RJD but, it appears, none of his coalition partners does, said Yadav who is the of the opposition in the state assembly.

The RLSP has been viewing with consternation the assertion by Nitish Kumar's JD(U) that it was the main party in the NDA in Bihar, a clear hint that it wanted the largest number of seats among the constituents of the BJP-led coalition in the 2019 polls.

Yadav's comments came a few hours after former and Hindustani Awam Morcha Jitan Ram urged Kushwaha to quit the NDA and join the

Manjhi, who was himself with the NDA until a few months ago, joined the RJD-combine in March. Despite being the sole MLA of his party, got his son elected to the with help from the RJD.

The HAM leader, however, made it clear that Kushwaha "must give up his ambition to be projected as the of the coalition since grand alliance has already decided that if it wins power in Bihar, would be the chief minister".

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 23:25 IST