13 MLAs desert RJD and join Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) in a month

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Another Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA deserted the party on Tuesday ahead of the Bihar state assembly polls and joined the ruling Janata Dal(United) party, taking the total number of desertions in RJD to 13 in one month. Virendra Kumar became the 13th legislator to leave and join former party member Parsa MLA Chandrika Rai in JD(U).

“Several other MLAs are sending feelers. If JD(U) decides to provide a free entry, there will be a virtual stampede in RJD.The RJD tally will be worse than 2010. It is like product which has no takers,” Lallan Singh, a prominent JD(U) leader said. RJD in response slammed JD(U) by calling the party a clone of BJP and said that the deserters are desperate to stay relevant in electoral politics, hence opted for this last ditch attempt.

However JD(U) is reluctant to give an open invite to other sitting RJD MLAs as it is considering the 50:50 seat sharing formula with BJP for the polls.