The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led mahagathbandhan (‘grand alliance’) on Saturday sealed seat sharing among allies and appealed to the people of Bihar to give them one chance to govern the State as “Bihar needs an option, a change”.
But at the end of press meet, a “hurt” Vikasheel Insaan Party (VIP) chief Mukesh Sahni stunned mahagathbandhan leaders by announcing a parting of ways from the ‘grand alliance’ as he had been “back-stabbed”.
Meanwhile, confusion still reigns in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as senior party leaders of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) were seen rushing to meet Bihar in-charge of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Bhupendra Yadav in Patna on Saturday.
“As per the agreement between our alliance partners, the RJD will get 144 seats; the Congress Party will get 70 seats; the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) will get 19 seats; CPI (Communist Party of India) will get six seats; and the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist) will get four seats. The RJD will accommodate the other two partners — Mukesh Sahni-led Vikasheel Insaan Party, and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha — from its own quota of 144 seats,” declared RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, while addressing a crowded press meet at a luxury hotel in Patna.
However, at the end of the press meet, the VIP’s Mr. Sahni alleged, “I was offered 25 seats along with the post of Deputy CM but we are being back-stabbed. It is a cheating of people of the Extremely Backward Class.” He then left in a hurry.
VIP supporters also raised slogans against Tejashwi Yadav and his older brother Tej Pratap Yadav outside the venue, and tried to gherao the RJD leaders.
At the press meet, Mr. Tejashwi Yadav also slammed the present Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in Bihar and said, “Every four hours one incident of rape takes place, and every five hours one murder happens in the State today.”
“This government must go,” he asserted, and appealed to the people to give “one chance to mahagathbandhan for maan-sammaan (dignity and respect), security and development of the State”.
“I’m a true Bihari and my DNA is also pure,” said Mr. Tejashwi Yadav, taking a jibe at CM Nitish Kumar, against whom Prime Minister Narendra Modi had, earlier, raised questions over his “DNA” and create a political storm.
“If we form the government, I will provide 10 lakh jobs to the unemployed youths of the State with my first signature at the very first Cabinet meeting of the government,” said Mr. Tejashwi Yadav.
Earlier, State Bahujan Samaj Party president Bharat Bind quit the party to join the RJD. Mr. Tejashwi Yadav gave him the membership of the party.
Later, leaders of other parties, like the Congress and Left parties, who were present on the occasion, said they were satisfied with the allocation of seats among the mahagathbandhan parties.
Senior Congress leader and chairman of the Congress party’s screening committee for candidates Avinash Pandey also declared that RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav would be the leader of mahagathbandhan in the upcoming Assembly poll.
Meanwhile, leaders of the JD(U) and BJP huddled in separate meetings to reach a consensus over the allocation of seats among the NDA allies .
Senior JD(U) leaders Rajeev Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, R.C.P. Singh and Vijay Choudhury rushed to meet the BJP’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav on Saturday in Patna.
The BJP’s Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav and poll in-charge Devendra Fadnavis went to Delhi on Friday and returned to Patna on Saturday to conclude the seat-sharing deal among the allies.
The three-phase poll for 243 Assembly seats in Bihar is scheduled to take place on October 28, November 3 and 7, and the results will be declared on November 10.