The political slugfest between the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is set to break out once again after a brief lull due to the Holi celebrations as the RJD is preparing to corner the ruling NDA government on several issues.

This follows the assault on RJD MLAs in the state Assembly and the passing of the Bihar Special Armed Police Bill, 2021 and the Opposition party is not willing to let go unnoticed and is in no mood to back down and is devising an aggressive strategy to counter the ruling NDA government in Bihar.

The RJD is also upset with the Patna Police for filing an attempt to murder charge against the Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav, his brother Tej Pratap Yadav, and 20 other RJD leaders.

The RJD has made it clear that they would not seek bail in this case and the Nitish Kumar-led government should arrest Tejashwi Yadav and send him to jail.

RJD Spokesperson Mritunjay Tiwari said the people, who are currently in power, want to run the government at gunpoint. The Bihar government was registering cases against the RJD supporters under the attempt to murder charge, including other serious offences, he added.

“The RJD is the largest party in the state. Our party leaders will again take to the streets protesting over the issue of detaining Tejashwi Yadav, Tej Pratap and other RJD leaders,” Tiwari said.

The RJD and other members of the Grand Alliance are chalking out strategies to tackle this issue, said the sources.

On March 23, the district administration did not allow the RJD leaders and supporters to gherao the Bihar Assembly due to Covid-19 guidelines. Despite this, the RJD workers took to the streets and carried out a protest march.

Incidents of stone-pelting between the police and the RJD workers were reported and the police had to resort to lathicharge. A case has been registered.

The RJD tweeted, “Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ji, you can hang RJD workers, but we will neither be afraid nor bow down or stop our protest. We will continue our struggle under the leadership of the Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on unemployment, inflation, law and order, including other issues of public concern.”

After the Assembly elections held last year, the RJD emerged as the single largest party in the state and has continuously criticised the ruling JD(U)-BJP  alliance.

(With IANS inputs)