New Delhi: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan on Saturday (June 26) asked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to decide whether they will lend support to him or Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JDU) chief Nitish Kumar. “I stood with BJP at each step, including the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens NRC. However, Nitish Kumar disagreed with the same. Now the BJP has to decide whether they will support me or Nitish Kumar (Bihar Chief Minister) in the coming days,” Paswan told ANI.
He also hinted at an alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) saying that his father Ram Bilas Paswan and Lalu Yadav had always been close.
“My father and Lalu Prasad Yadav have always been close friends. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and I have known one another since childhood, we had a close friendship, he is like my younger brother.”
He also added that his party would take a final call on the alliance that it may join.
The 38-year-old is currently involved in a tussle with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras over the control over his party.
Paras was elected as the new parliamentary leader of the LJP on June 15.
“There are six MPs in our party. It was the desire of five MPs to save our party. So, I have not broken the party. I have saved it. Chirag Paswan is my nephew as well as the party’s national president. I have no objection to him,” Paras had said.
However, Paswan alleged that his election as parliamentary leader was unconstitutional.
Paswan was also hurt by the silence of the BJP on the issues.
In an interview with PTI, he said, “I expected them (BJP) to mediate and try to sort things out. Their silence definitely hurts.”
He also accused Nitish Kumar of orchestrating the split in the party in order to save his chair.
In the interview, he had also said that other parties had approached him for an alliance but his current focus was to get back the control of the party from the rival faction.
With inputs from ANI and PTI