Smaller Parties Should Merge with RJD; Says Raghuvansh Prasad Singh

RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh speaking in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: With news of visible cracks in the Grand Alliance in Bihar making headlines, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, said that the only way to defeat the NDA was to merge all non-NDA parties in the state into the RJD.

Patna: With news of visible cracks in the Grand Alliance in Bihar making headlines, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) senior leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, at a press conference in Patna on Thursday, said that the only way to defeat the NDA was to merge all non-NDA parties in the state into the RJD.

"There is only one option left now if we want to defeat the NDA in the next state or national elections. All small parties in the state should merge with the RJD to make it stronger and only then we will be able to take on the NDA juggernaut," the RJD leader said.

By doing so, there will be no more fight over seat-sharing that, in the end, only helps the BJP and its allies, he said.

Shivanand Tiwari, another RJD leader, backed Singh's statement and also took shot at Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) leader and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi saying for a man his age, it was ridiculous he was trying to compete with Tejaswi Yadav, a man several years junior to him.

"However, if Manjhi still wants to go solo on the Nath Nagar seat, he is free to do so. That will show him what is his real worth," Tiwari said.

Training his gun on the Congress Party, Tiwari said that while he hoped the party of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi continued to play active role in the Indian politics, all of its leaders were desirous of party ticket for themselves which was simply not tenable in a condition where coalition government was a fact of life.

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