RJD president Lalu Prasad on Tuesday favoured a tie-up between LJP leader Chirag Paswan and his party, and backed the young leader to emerge victorious in his factional fight with his uncle Pashupati Kumar Paras.
After meeting Sharad Yadav, who is recuperating from a long spell of illness, he said Mr Paswan has emerged as a leader despite the feud in the party and that people have rallied around him.
Mr Paras had led a group of five Lok Janshakti Party MPs against his nephew, who is the only MP left in his faction, and has joined the Modi government as a Cabinet minister.
Mr Paswan, who is spearheading ''Ashirwad Yatra'' in Bihar to rally support for his cause, expressed gratitude to the former state chief minister for the support but refrained from making any political comment.
"Lalu ji had madhur sambandh (cordial relations) with my father and political mentor Ram Vilas Paswan. I thank him for lending credence to my leadership. But, my current priority is the ongoing state-wide Ashirwad Yatra", he told reporters.
He, however, ducked queries about Mr Prasad's suggestion that he should team up with his son Tejashwi Yadav who has emerged as the RJD's spearhead in absence of his father, who was released from jail sometime back and has been battling health issues.
After meeting Mr Yadav, the RJD leader told reporters that the absence of socialists leaders like Sharad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and himself had resulted in neglect of people-related issues in Parliament.
The RJD chief was accompanied by party MPs Prem Chand Gupta and Misa Bharti.
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