Be realistic about your strengths — BJP’s advice to Chirag Paswan on battle with Nitish

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has stepped in to address the widening rift between its Bihar partners Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) ahead of state elections scheduled for later this year. 

According to sources in the BJP, party president J.P. Nadda has advised LJP president and MP Chirag Paswan to tone down his attacks on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, also telling the young leader to be “realistic” in assessing his strengths before taking on a political veteran. 

The advice seemed to have worked, as Chirag appeared to adopt a softer note on the JD(U) after a meeting with senior LJP leaders Saturday.  

Relations between the LJP and the JD(U) have been strained over the past few months, with Chirag making no secret of his chief ministerial ambitions and even threatening to go it alone in the assembly elections. 

There have been differences over seat distribution, with Chirag, son of Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, eyeing a bigger role for the LJP, and he has also accused Nitish of acting unilaterally.

The BJP, sources said, intervened last week when Chirag approached Nadda with complaints against Nitish.

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