Mumbai: In a huge development, Usha Vidyarthi, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, joined the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Vidyarthi joined the LJP in the presence of party chief Chirag Paswan.
Earlier, another BJP veteran Rajendra Singh joined the LJP on Tuesday. Singh, in the 2015 general elections, was one of the strongest possible candidates for the post of chief minister in Bihar.
Meanwhile, after joining the LJP, Vidyarthi said, “Some strong decisions need to be taken to take Bihar forward. Bihar first, Bihari is thinking first.”
It is important to note that Paswan chose himself to get to the bottom of the party. The move has caused panic in the ranks of Janata Dal-United (JDU).
The LJP has decided to contest the Bihar Assembly elections this time outside the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). However, the party has said that it will not field candidates from the seats where the BJP is contesting.
But, it will give tickets to party candidates in 122 seats, out of which Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JDU candidate will be in the fray. This is the reason that the candidates who are not being given tickets from NDA want to go in favor of LJP to contest elections.
Elections to the 243-seat Bihar Legislative Assembly will be held in three phases – 28 October, 3 November, and 7, and the counting of votes will take place on 10 November.