25 October, 2020

Splitting Some More Atoms

Splitting Some More Atoms
RJD chief and Bihar’s chief minister-by-proxy Laloo Prasad Yadav has been having a ball with the unstable compounds that abound in Bihar.

Earlier this month, he managed to lure four of the five Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs with ministerial berths into his wife Rabri Devi’s cabinet. This proved for the umpteenth time that Dalit politics in the state could hardly be independent and was forever beholden to Laloo’s brand of Yadavised backward caste politics. Last week the Laloo magic was at work again. He engineered a split in the JD(U), delivering a body blow to the NDA in Bihar. Four of the 12 JD(U) legislators quit the party and formed the JD (Jayaprakash), offering "issue-based" support to the RJD government. Though the group has "no immediate plan to merge with the RJD", sources say the merger is a foregone conclusion. If and when it happens, the RJD’s strength would be 123 in the 243-member assembly, giving it a clear majority on its own.

The leader of the splinter group, Sashi Kumar Rai, who...



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