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Disgruntled JD(U) MLA meets Modi; 4th Bihar leader to do so

PTI  Ahmedabad, September 28, 2013
First Published: 18:48 IST(28/9/2013) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(28/9/2013)

JD(U) legislator and former minister in Nitish Kumar government Chhedi Paswan today met Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. Paswan met Modi in Gandhiangar and they discussed the political scenario in Bihar ahead of the 2014 elections for about 45 minutes, BJP sources said.

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Paswan, MLA from Mohania in Kaimur district, is not on good terms with Nitish Kumar who dropped the latter from the cabinet after the 2010 elections. Paswan had earlier made his displeasure with JD(U) public.

He is the fourth `disgruntled' leader from Bihar to meet Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, in the last one and half months.

Bihar Congress leaders Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav and Dasai Chaudhary and JD(U) MP from Muzaffarpur captain Jai Narain Prasad 'Nishad' had met Modi recently.

Speculation is rife that some of them might switch the sides before the 2014 elections, BJP sources said.

Sources added that Modi was paying special attention to Bihar, the state where Kumar had blocked his entry for campaigning when JD(U) was a part of NDA.

Recently it left NDA after Modi was made BJP's campaign committee chief.

BJP sources also said that Modi was going to hold a rally in Bihar in the last week of October.

Paswan was earlier with Lalu Yadav's RJD, and was a minister between 2000 to 2004. In 2005 he switched over to JD(U). He was a minister in Kumar's government from 2008 to 2010.


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