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Speculations Rife on the Emergence of New Political Alliance in Bihar

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Patna: With signs of infighting within the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar surfacing in the aftermath of Uttar Pradesh election results, speculations of a change in Bihar's political alliance on the horizon gained momentum on the day of Holi when Central Minister of State and BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav chose to celebrate Holi by visiting the homes of rival Janata Dal – U leaders Shyam Rajak and Sanjay Singh.

Once known as the 'Ram aur Shyam' of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav, the two parted ways from the RJD chief with Rajak choosing to join Nitish-led Janata Dal – U while Ram Kripal joining the BJP and emerging winner from the Pataliputra constituency in Patna.

On Monday, it was a reunion of sort as Yadav, in the spirit of Holi, chose to shun the rivalry, at least temporarily, and arrived at Rajak's home to celebrate the festival of colors. The two were seen laughing and cracking jokes while putting colors on each other's face.

Yadav then paid a visit to JD-U spokesperson Sanjay Singh's home where he once again mingled with the family members and JD-U workers and shared sweets with them.

The BJP leader's visit to Rajak and Singh's house is seen as the beginning of the thawing of relationship between the two friend-turned-foe parties. However, Ram Kripal Yadav rubbished the rumor saying he has family relationship with both Rajak and Singh and his visit to their homes must not be seen through political prism.

"Politics is the game of possibilities. No one knows what will happen in the future but my visit was not political and must not be seen as such," Yadav said.

BJP legislator Sanjeev Chaurasia takes out a victory rally in Patna on Monday.Meanwhile, BJP legislator from Digha Sanjeev Chaurasia chose to celebrate Holi by taking out a victory procession on a bullock cart with a giant cut-out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"This is the best Holi of my life as not only my party won big in Uttar Pradesh election but it also coincided with Holi giving us even more reason to celebrate it vigorously," Chaurasia said.

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