Perhaps in an inkling of the shape of things to come, three parties of the Hindi belt on Monday came together on a common platform, training their guns at BJP in the "cash-for-vote" scam.
Though the leaders of RJD, SP and LJP did not speak on future political realignment, they drove home the message of unity. "The BJP has united all scattered forces of secularism in North India," said Amar Singh, Samajwadi Party General Secretary, who is in the eye of the storm in the wake of the scam.
Appearing at a press conference at the residence of Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav took the opportunity to cite RJD chief Lalu Prasad's case. "You see how conspiracy was hatched to trap Laluji."
The RJD chief, in his inimitable style said "we all sitting here are field marshals (close to the grassroots)". Prasad said Singh's name has become a "phobia" for the saffron party. Singh profusely thanked Paswan for his initiative to bring them together.
Prasad had earlier dropped enough hints of the growing proximity of RJD with SP and LJP, though Paswan until recently spoke of having no truck with RJD.
While noting that SP is a secular party and has its own mass base, Prasad had said Paswan too is wedded to secularism.