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Tejashwi's support to Maya, Akhilesh mortifies Cong, gets mocked by NDA

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

RJD Tejashwi Yadav's wholehearted support to the SP-BSP alliance in for the 2019 drew snide remarks on Monday from the ruling NDA in which wondered whether it was part of "strong arm tactics" against the Congress, its ally in the

The NDA's reaction came after greeted Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav for forging an alliance and dumping the out of it.

"This step of the BSP and the SP is going to be hailed in later stages," said in Monday.

A mortified evaded a direct reply when it was asked about Yadav's visit, where he touched Mayawati's feet and declared the RJD's full support to the alliance at a press conference he jointly addressed with Akhilesh Yadav.

BJP asserted it is actually a "posturing, a strong arm tactics by the RJD" which, he added, has an inflated sense of its importance and treats its alliance partners with contempt.

"is indirectly trying to show his party's alliance in that the RJD will dictate the terms in the alliance here," Anand said.

"Whatever Tejashwi Yadav's tour may mean for UP politics, in it is clearly indicative of the clash of egos that the is witnessing. The clash of egos has come in the way of finalising a seat-sharing arrangement among its too many constituents. We are looking at a situation where they would not be able to reach any understanding till the date of voting and end up fighting each other," he claimed.

suggest that the is demanding a large number of seats out of the total 40 in Bihar to be a part of the It has cited its recent victory in Madhya Pradesh, and to assert its claim, but the RJD, the main force behind the anti-NDA coalition, is unwilling to accept the demand.

Reacting to the developments, said, "We wonder what type of the opposition in Bihar had been talking about. In UP, the Congress, which was supposed to lead the so-called mahagathbandhan, has been left out".

"Tejashwi Yadav and his party are in dire straits so, may be, he is on an expedition to make as many political friends as possible... The SP-BSP alliance may be a strong one, but there is nothing grand about it," Paswan, son of founder and of the party's parliamentary board, said.

Similar views were expressed by JD(U) MLC and who questioned whether Tejashwi Yadav had no concern for the "insult" meted out to the Congress by the formation of SP-BSP alliance.

tried to side-step a question on the alliance, saying Tejashwi Yadav has family relations with Akhilesh Yadav. "May be he has gone there in a personal capacity, to celebrate Makar Sankranti."

However, when the queries persisted, he said until and unless the RJD comes out with a statement explaining why it is lending support to a formation which has not taken the Congress on board, "we would not like to say anything on the matter".

At his Lucknow press conference, Tejashwi Yadav, who has emerged as the de facto of his party in the absence of his father and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, claimed even Congress has said that it does not matter who is in an alliance as long as it serves the purpose of defeating the BJP.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 19:10 IST