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- Kushwaha did not say anything on merger but recalled his association with JD(U) MP Bashistha Narain Singh and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
ByVijay Swaroop, Patna
In a tweet, Nagmani said that the RLSP was headed for a large-scale exodus and also set the tone for engaging his former party chief on his political turf, saying “if you (Kushwaha) have the courage, stick to your Lok Sabha seat (Karakat). I will inflict a crushing defeat on you.”
Hindustan Times, Patna | ByAnil Kumar (HT Editorial- Patna)
For 2 months, speculation was rife he would merge his outfit with RLSP. Sources close to the development privately concede that the sudden U-turn has been prompted by RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s apparent “discomfort” with the idea of having a parallel power centre in the Grand Alliance.
Hindustan Times, Patna | ByAnil Kumar, Patna
The Grand Alliance is of the view that RLSP chief’s entry would help them challenge chief minister Nitish Kumar’s sway over Kushwahas and mobilise a major chunk of these votes (estimated at 8%).
Hindustan Times, Patna | ByAnil Kumar, Patna: