BJP Says Chirag Paswan Not Part Of Alliance In Bihar, Expels Rebels
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the LJP was not part of the NDA in the state (File)With Assembly elections due in less than 20 days, Bihar BJP today expelled the eight rebels who quit to join Chirag Paswan's LJP over the past week. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, the BJP's senior-most leader in the state and who last week warned the rebels to "come back to the fold or be expelled", also declared that the LJP is not part of the NDA in Bihar.
Speaking in Patna on Monday, Mr Modi, who had so far refrained from naming the LJP even as the relationship between Mr Paswan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar becomes increasingly frosty, said only the BJP, the JDU, former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's HAM and the VIP of Mukesh Sahni were part of the NDA, and could contest the election under that banner."If we get a majority, then only Nitish Kumar will be Chief Minister.