"Kumar has compromised on his moral ground, principles and pride by soliciting the RJD supremo's support to the JD (U) candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-poll next week within a month of attacking him for being a symbol of lawlessness... during its 15 year-long jungle raj," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

"Is any principle and pride left in him anymore after speaking to Lalu Prasad on phone to seek his party's support to two JD (U) candidates for Rajya Sabha polls in which two Independent candidates too are in fray?” he added.

Hitting back at the BJP, senior JD (U) leader and Bihar’s Water Resources Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary accused it of ‘tacitly backing’ two Independents against the ruling party nominees and questioned the saffron party as to why it had deferred its stand till June 18.

"If you have no sinister game plan to rock the boat of the two JD (U) candidates - Pawan Verma and Gulam Rasool Baliyawi -- in the by-poll on June 19, why you have decided to make public your decision on the issue by as late as June 18?” Chaudhary said.

He alleged that the BJP by delaying an announcement in its strategy might want to buy the MLAs from other parties to ensure victory of the two Independent candidates.

Meanwhile, RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said that he would take any decision on extending support to JD (U) candidates only after consulting his party legislators and well-wishers.

Arithmetic is weighing against ruling JD (U) in the by-poll and the support of 21 RJD MLAs is crucial for it.


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