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Lok Janshakti Party's return to NDA will be beneficial to BJP
Has BJP committed a blunder by making alliance with LJP? Many are of the opinion that BJP shouldn't have brought Ram Vilas Paswan into NDA's fold as the party is politically dead for last five years.

Even some are disappointed with Narendra Modi's speech at Muzaffarpur rally where he indulged in caste politics. Even some senior leader of BJP like Ashwini Choube and four others skipped the rally in protest. Thus many BJP supporters are worried over the consequences and feel that this blunder would cost dearly to BJP in Bihar.

But if one scrutinies minutely, he will find that this is a significant step and beneficial to BJP. First BJP was desperate to demolish the untouchable tag with Narendra Modi. Who would be the better person other than Ram Vilas Paswan for this? He was the first person who resigned from NDA over the issue of Narendra Modi. Rest enjoyed the power of NDA for full tenure and much later tagged Narendra Modi as untouchable. Thus, this move is a political master stroke, opening door to others.

Next, to say that LJP is politically dead would be very wrong as it still enjoys 6%-7% of loyal vote bank. In a close contest 6%-7% additional vote always matter. At present BJP has increased his vote share approximately to some 25%-26% mainly taking from JDU's vote share. Combined Congress-RJD vote share still stand a vote share of 27%.

RJD's Muslim-Yadav (MY) combination is still existing with around 18% vote share. Thus combined with Congress, it stands to gain much. Had it aligned with LJP, its vote share would have increased to 32% - 33% where it would have swept Bihar. Last time it was BJP-JDU combined vote share of around 39% that failed RJD which contested along with LJP and Congress contested separately.

Now BJP can't gain by substantially getting back some vote share from JDU. Thus the addition of LJP vote share makes BJP stronger with around 32% - 33%. With triangular contest this would be winning vote share and NDA can achieve around 30 seats in Bihar.

There must be a question why Ram Bilas Paswan made an U-turn and agreed to accept Narendra Modi? Well no doubt, his son Chirag did a proper assessment on which direction the wind is blowing. Paswan as a community was against Nitish Kumar who didn't include them in Maha Dalit category. RJD too uses this community as vote bank but never return back any favour.

RJD's all favor is reserved for MY community. With dissents inside JDU itself, LJP clearly saw that it's a sinking ship. It would be comfortable with RJD-Congress alliance had it be given some 7-8 seats. But Lalu had the dictate and the treatment meted out to LJP was unacceptable. Thus there were two options, either go alone or float in the direction of wind! Thus Ram Bilas had to fall in line with his son's logic.

In any case all parties have the right to use opportunities for resurrecting the party. In electoral politics there are never permanent friends and enemies. This was proved many times and proved once again with BJP-LJP alliance.

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