Chirag Paswan is keeping his cards close to his chest on his political plans but his meeting with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejaswi Yadav has set the cat among the pigeons in Patna’s corridors of power.
Chirag called the meeting a courtesy call to invite Tejashwi Yadav for a ceremony being organised in memory of his father Ram Vilas Paswan.
In fact, Chirag was never daggers drawn with Tejashwi Yadav. It was evident in the 2020 assembly elections that while proclaiming himself to be the “Hanuman” of PM Narendra Modi, Chirag strategised the debacle of the JDU in general and Nitish Kumar in particular.
As the then head of the LJP, he put candidates against the candidates of the JDU and I directly helping the Mahagathbandhan but proclaiming that he is with the BJP. Chirag may have lost the 2020 battle but at least he succeeded in relegating the JDU to a great extent.
Of course, he was repaid back in the same coin and today stands as a lone MP with his own Chacha Pashupati Paras having deserted him.
Chirag possibly hit the end of the road snd has to start from scratch. The BJP on the other hand unable to put a candidate who would match the stature of Nitish conveniently decided to appease Nitish and alienate Chirag Paswan.
Chirag possibly was hoping against the odds to get the desired support from the BJP. But the BJP preferred Nitish over Chirag.
Now after all the MPs deserted Chirag he knows that he has hit the end of the road and as such he started the Ashirwad yatra to gauge the sentiment of the people.
He now wants to make the death Anniversary of his father Ram Vilas Paswan an event that would possibly make him the legitimate heir to the legacy of Paswan.
His bitterness for Nitish Kumar however continues.
Sometimes back the RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav had also praised Chirag Paswan and expressed that he should unite with Tejashwi Yadav to stop the Saffron Brigade. Chirag’s visit to Tejswhi is now being attributed to a political motive.
Political analyst Naval Kishore Choudhary says, “it’s posturing on the part of Chirag Paswan. He is not at all contemplating merging the LJP with the RJD. He is following the footprints of his father Ram Vilas Paswan. He is keeping his cards close to the chest and does not even join hands with the RJD immediately. But he wants to send aloud the message to the BJP that he has his options open.”
On Wednesday, the two young leaders addressed the press where Tejashwi Yadav was more forthcoming to the questions that whether the two young leaders were coming together. He indicated that while Lalu jee has already said the same there is no point speaking on it.
Chirag, however, who stood just by his side tried to put to rest any speculations by saying that he had come to invite the Lalu Family for the Barkhi of his father which is on September 12.
He tried to skirt around specific questions of his growing proximity to the RJD. That sends aloud the message that Chirag is in posturing mode and would not make a call instantly to join hands with the RJD.