RJD Leader Claims Manjhi, Kushwaha Ready to Join RJD

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh holding a press conference in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and party's national Vice President Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Monday, claimed a number of senior NDA leaders were considering quitting the parties and joining hands with the RJD ahead of the next year's Parliamentary elections.

Naming Upendra Kushwaha of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi of the Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Singh said that they were sitting on the fence waiting for the right time to walk out of the NDA and join Lalu Prasad Yadav in his fight against atrocities on dalits and minorities.

"Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allies in Bihar are feeling uncomfortable just as the Shiv Sena is feeling uneasy with the BJP in Maharashtra. Kushwaha and Manjhi are in talks with our senior leaders and its merely a matter of formality before they join hands with us," Singh, like Shivanand Tiwari and Ramchandra Purvey who have been relegated to play second fiddle to a much junior leader like Tejaswi Yadav, Lalu and Rabri Devi's son, said.

As reported, senior Janata Dal – U leader and former Assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chowdhary was said to have visited the RJD chief in the Ranchi jail where the former Chief Minister was serving time for his role in the multi-crore rupees fodder scam.

Both Kushwaha and Manjhi denied Singh's assertion saying the RJD national Vice President was a 'nobody' in the party and had a history of saying things that were demonstrably false or lies.

"Singh is not making any sense at all. The NDA in Bihar is strong and intact. In a party ruled by the closest family members, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh barely has any power within his own party so he must be expressing his own personal views," Manjhi said in Gaya adding, if anything at all, it was Singh who would most likely quit his party and join hands with his HAM.


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