Soon after Bihar’s former allay Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RSLP) chief Upendra Kushwaha was seen at AICC office announcing his party’s joining ÙPA-led `Grand Alliance’in the state, BJP president Amit Shah swing into action. He had an emergency meeting with Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party’s chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag at his Delhi residence.
The meeting comes after Kushwaha indicated that Pawan is also unhappy with BJP and likely to desert the same and also Chirag cautioned BJP leadership that it fails to address allays grievances it has to face disastrous consequences in 2019 polls.
Paswan’s MP son Chirag Paswan also cautioned the BJP in two tweets saying that it should treat its allies with respect and that any delay in talks would hurt the NDA. Sensing bleak future for NDA in 2019 polls, Paswans have been insisting BJP leadership to facilitate Ram Vilas Paswan to be elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam, for which elections to be held ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
It is open secret that Paswan’s party has been flexing its muscles over the delay in finalizing seat sharing and has attempted to pressurise the BJP to finalise the pact soon. Bihar’s animal husbandry minister and LJP leader Pashupati Kumar Paras said yesterday that the BJP should call a meeting of NDA leaders and resolve the seat sharing issue.
Ahead of the meeting, Paswan had played down the issue and had said that there was no unhappiness. “Koi narazgi nahi hai, Chirag Parliamentray Board k chairman hain, wahi is sambandh main baat karenge. (There is no unhappiness. Chirag is the Parliamentary Board chairman and he will talk about the issue),” Paswan said.
Seat sharing isn’t the only bone of discontent that the LJP has against the BJP. “We flagged a number of issues; such as farm unrest, impact of demonetisation, jobs and many more, to BJP leadership, but, they have not taken note of it,” a senior LJP leader said.