"Kumar and Prasad are indulging in a politics of blackmail. Prasad is blackmailing JD (U) that he will align with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. Kumar is making RJD apprehensive that he will align with expelled RJD MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav," former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said.
    
Modi said Bihar Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shrawan Kumar's statement that JD (U) will align with Pappu Yadav if he accepted Kumar as his leader could be seen in this context.
    
"The merger effort of Janata Parivar parties has become like a game and the politics of blackmail is happening in its shadow. Both JD (U) and RJD are trying to get their conditions accepted by this," Modi added.
    
The senior BJP leader said that the party was not worried about the emerging scenario and was ready to fight both the parties whether they come together or separately.
    
"We are ready for them. Let them do whatever they want - a merger, an alliance or none. We are ready to fight them," he said.

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