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UP poll results trigger another round of JD(U)-RJD fight

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

After the BJP's landslide victory in the Assembly polls, the dagger seems to be out between the two major constituents of the ruling Grand Alliance in -- the JD(U) and the RJD.

The latest round of verbal exchanges broke out after senior RJD leader alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's "support" to and his "silence" throughout the UP polls over the issue helped the

The RJD vice-president claimed that by not campaigning for the Samajwadi Party-combine in UP, Kumar "weakened" the Grand Alliance in Bihar, whose leader canvassed for the anti-grouping in the neighbouring state.

Singh's fresh salvo on the chief minister drew sharp reactions from the JD(U).

"Senior JD(U) leaders and ministers Bijendra Prasad Yadav and Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan had asked the RJD leadership to keep silent for the good of the Grand Alliance. But, he is frequently making remarks against the chief minister," JD(U) spokesman Neeraj Kumar told PTI.

"If the RJD leadership does not buy Singh's statement, it should initiate action against him," the MLC said.

JD(U) chief spokesman Sanjay Singh slammed Singh and urged RJD chief to take action against him.

Singh's public salvo against Kumar angered the too.

State chief and minister Ashok Choudhary said this was "not good" for the alliance, adding that he will raise the issue at a future meeting of the coalition leaders.

The squabble among the RJD and the JD(U) provided an opportunity to the to claim that the ruling coalition was heading for a split.

"After the UP poll results, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, with tacit support from Lalu Prasad, is holding responsible for the loss of the SP-Congress combine there. The Grand Alliance parties are divided on too," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said in a statement.

"In truth, the Grand Alliance is not only a divided house on various issues, but rather heading towards a split," he claimed.

"In this circumstance, it seems impossible for to complete the full term of his ministry," the former deputy chief minister added.

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First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 23:13 IST