Patna: Mukesh Sahni, who is the chief of a caste-based group made up entirely of 'mallahs', or boatmen, joined the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-led Grand Alliance in Bihar in the presence of RJD acting chief Tejaswi Yadav and another latest entrant to the Mahagathbandhan Upendra Kushwaha, the head of the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).
In his high-rhetoric address to the press, Sahni, who proudly claims he is the 'son of a mallah', said that he would 'quit politics if NDA in Bihar was able to win even ten seats' in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"The NDA in Bihar is finished and it will not be able to win even ten seats in the state. If it does, I will retire from politics for good," Sahni said at the gathering of anti-NDA leaders at Tejaswi Yadav's residence on 5 Deshratna Marg.
Kushwaha, who was part of the NDA just a week ago until he broke away from the alliance and resigned from his post in the Modi administration after being repeatedly ignored by the BJP top leadership, went a step further saying the NDA will not win at even one seat in Bihar.
"Ram Vilas Paswan (LJP) is smart; he sees the writing on the wall and that is why he made sure he was guaranteed a seat for himself in the Rajya Sabha. He should get this in writing because who knows the BJP will later go back on its words after it fails to open its account in Bihar," the RLSP chief said.
Yadav, in his address, mocked his 'Chacha Nitish' for worrying about seat-sharing formula in the NDA instead of worrying about rising crime situation in Bihar.
"It's strange that the party that has two MPs from Bihar is getting 17 seats and the party that has 22 MPs is also getting 17 seats. You can understand, who has gained strength in Bihar and who has weakened its position," the RJD leader said.
He, however, stopped short of revealing the Mahagathbandhan seat-sharing formula saying it would be announced when the time was appropriate.
With the arrival of Kushwaha and Sahni in the Grand Alliance, there are now nearly a dozen parties, both small and big, in the alliance and splitting the seat among them would be interesting to watch.