Paswan Denies Any Rift Between the BJP and the JD-U

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan holding a press meet in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, for the first time in Patna since being sworn-in in the Narendra Modi 2.0 cabinet, at a press conference on Sunday, insisted that there was no rift in the NDA and despite reports of misunderstandings between Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, the coalition was not under any kind of threat.

Describing himself as the cementing force between Modi-Shah duo and Kumar, Paswan said that he would talk to both parties and ensure there were no hard feelings between the two parties.

Downplaying JD-U's exclusion from the central cabinet and his own party's exclusion from the Nitish government in Bihar despite having all six of his candidates winning from their respective seats, the LJP chief said that ministry and portfolio did not matter and what matter most was that the NDA was in power at both the center and at the state.

"Nitish Kumar is leader of the NDA in Bihar and will continue to remain so for years to come. Now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been re-elected to lead the nation for the second time, he will work to remove communalism and casteism that has weakened our system. Even the members of the minority communities are now giving a second look at the BJP posing their hopes in the Prime Minister and his team," the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said.

Paswan's son Chirag Paswan, bothers Pashupati Kumar Paras and Ramchandra Paswan, and party leaders Mehboob Ali Kaiser and Chandan Kumar were also present at the press conference.

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