No Taker for JAP; Mahagathbandhan Sidelines Pappu Yadav

Pappu Yadav holding a meeting of his party members in Patna on Tuesday.

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Patna: Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) leader Pappu Yadav is struggling to find a political wingman this election season despite stating that he ‘would do anything’ to be a part of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

With Lalu Prasad Yadav choosing to keep his former ‘student’ at an arm’s length and, if sources are to be believed, in fact, planning to field former Janata Dal – U president Sharad Yadav from Madhepura to take on Pappu Yadav in his own backyard, the JAP leader, at a press conference in Patna on Tuesday, wondered why he was being ‘treated this badly’ by those in the Grand Alliance.

“I don’t understand what my crime is that they are fielding Sharad Yadav from my seat. They know Madhepura is my constituency so why not give some other seat to Sharad Yadav?” the Madhepura MP, who had defeated none other than Sharad Yadav in the last Lok Sabha election when Sharad Yadav was in JD-U, said.

Continuing to show frustration with the Grand Alliance, Pappu Yadav said that when a newly-formed party like Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) and former NDA constituent Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) can be part of the Mahagathbandhan then why was he being singled out?

“I don’t know what enmity they have with me and why they are trying to unseat me from the constituency that has always been mine. They could leave Madhepura alone and instead field candidates from Pataliputra, Chhapra, or Sitamarhi but it seems like they are determined to destroy my political career,” he said.

Ruling out a merger of his party with some smaller party like VIP or RLSP as suggested by some RJD leaders, Pappu Yadav said that if he did not find a place in the Mahagathbandhan then he would contest the election on his own and that would not bode well for the Lalu-led Grand Alliance.

“I am not interested in so many numbers of seats for my party. All I am trying to do is to join hands with those who share my goal of getting rid of this corrupt and failed government led by Narendra Modi. When Lalu Prasad Yadav and Nitish Kumar can join hands in 2014 then why single out JAP? After all, what is my crime?” he asked.

As recalled, after winning the election from Madhepura as an RJD candidate in 2014, the RJD expelled him from the party for speaking against Lalu’s two sons. That led Pappu Yadav to form his own party in 2015.

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