Meanwhile, senior Janata Dal-United leader KC Tyagi told News18 that all speculations and rumours will be laid to rest the moment PM Modi and Kumar share stage and address political campaigns together. Soon after Paswan announced his party’s decision to not pitch his party’s candidates against the BJP, but field LJP nominees against JD(U), some political analysts had wondered whether there was a tacit understanding between the BJP and LJP to undercut the votes of JD(U).
Rumours about the JD(U) approaching its alliance partner asking it to formally distance itself from Paswan’s party at a national level have also been doing rounds. Tyagi said, “There will be an automatic distancing between the LJP and BJP at the national level when Modi comes to Bihar to campaign with, and stands next to, the chief minister on the stage.” “We have not sent any formal message to the BJP asking them to end ties with the LJP national level. It is for them to decide,” the senior JD(U) spokesperson added. When News18 asked him about the contests between JD(U) and LJP candidates, Tyagi said, “When senior BJP leaders come and campaign for JD(U) candidates and vice-versa, there will be no confusion.”