Nagmani, who was heading the Bihar unit of NCP and was looking after Jharkhand affairs of the party as well, said he was in touch with the BJP for more than two-and-a-half months. (Agencies)
He said that he had decided to work for Modi even when there was a talk that NCP could be given two seats under the "secular alliance" with Congress and RJD.
NCP wanted the second seat for Nagmani but it could get only one from where Union Minister Tariq Anwar will contest.
Nagmani, son of Jagdev Prasad, a legendary firebrand leader of backward castes in Bihar, had served in almost all parties including Congress, BJP, JD (U), RJD and LJP and is now all set to re-join the BJP.
"I have met all senior leaders of BJP except Narendra Modi. I have met BJP President Rajnath Singh, its former president Nitin Gadkari, organisational secretary Ramlal and senior BJP leaders from Bihar. I was never in favour of
joining hands with Congress,” Nagmani said.
"Even when there was a talk that NCP will be given two seats, I had told BJP leaders that I wanted to contest from their party. Today it is the nation's dream to see some backward or Dalit leader as Prime Minister. Modi fulfils the criteria. I will leave no stone unturned to ensure that he becomes Prime Minister," Nagmani said.
NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar, said party chief Sharad Pawar has dissolved the Bihar unit and has asked national secretary Mohal Lal Agrawal to look after its affairs. Nagmani had first become an MLA from Kurtha in Alrwal district on then Soshit Samaj Dal ticket. He had been a member of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
In 1999, he had won Chatra Parliamentary seat from Lalu Prasad's RJD. He later shifted to the BJP and was made a Union minister in the NDA government.
In 2004, Nagmani lost from Chatra Parliamentary seat and shifted his loyalty to Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP. A few months later he joined JD(U). His wife contested both from LJP and JD (U) in two subsequent elections. Nagmani became an MLC from JD (U).
He again quit JD (U) in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, when he was denied Ujiyarpur Lok Sabha seat. He contested Chatra seat from RJD and lost it.
He later joined Congress and boasted that whichever party he joined has come to power. Sometime back he had joined NCP.
Shifting loyalty again, Nagmani is set to join BJP.
"I am resigning from even the primary membership of the NCP," Nagmani said. Nagmani said he has staked his claim for two seats in his meeting with BJP leaders Chatra in Jharkhand and Ujiarypur in Bihar, from where he had contested in the past.
He said while he would prefer to contest from Chatra, he was seeking the Ujiyarpur seat for his wife.
Sources close to the leader said Nagmani will settle for Chatra seat and his joining BJP could be announced in Jharkhand in a meeting with BJP leaders on March 8.
Nagmani said he is supporting Modi's candidature for Prime Ministership to realize his father's dream who used to say that some Dalit or backward community person should be made PM.
Nagmani's father late Jagdev, who was called by his supporters Lenin of Bihar, was inclined towards the Left.
Nagmani claimed he had been consolidating his community Kushwahas in Bihar, Jharkhand, UP, MP and Chhattisgarh, who had been "following the footsteps of Bihar's Lenin".
He said Kushwahas constitute around 10 percent of voters in Bihar and Jharkhand, whom he represents.
Nagmani downplayed the stature of another community leader Upendra Kushwaha, a former JD (U) MP, whose party Rashtriya Lok Samata Party has already entered into an alliance with BJP getting three of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
"I have been the President of Kushwaha Mahasabha of Bihar and Jharkhand for the last 8 years. I also welcome Upendra Kushwaha as a younger brother. But there is heaven and hell difference in my and his stature. When I was with Lalu Prasad, his party got 90 percent votes of Kushwahas. Similarly when I was with Nitish Kumar, JD (U) used to get those votes. Now Kushwaha votes in Bihar and Jharkhand will go with Modi," Nagmani claimed.
Nagmani, who was heading the Bihar unit of NCP and was looking after Jharkhand affairs of the party as well, said he was in touch with the BJP for more than two-and-a-half months.