Ally trouble continued to mount for BJP as merely a few days after the Shiv Sena and TDP hinted at contesting solo in the upcoming 2019 elections, it is the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) which has now hinted that they will join and ally with the RJD.
Earlier on January 28, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) National President N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday hinted at breaking alliance with the BJP. Addressing a press conference in Amravati at state secretariat, Naidu said, "We are maintaining 'Mitra Dharma' with BJP, but if it does not want to continue with the alliance, we (TDP) will go on our own." The BJP is part of the Chandrababu government and has two ministers in the Cabinet. The Chief Minister hoped that the BJP high command will look after the allegations made by their party local leaders.
The report from RLSP comes in the backdrop of human chain organised by the Union minister Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP, which was attended by RJD leaders and not BJP leaders.
Furthermore, merely a few weeks ago, Sena leader Sanjay Raut said that the party will break their alliance with the BJP for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. He highlighted that the party will win at least 25 Lok Sabha seats (out of a total 48 in Maharashtra) and 125 Assembly seats (out of a total 288) in the state. Shiv Sena has been the oldest alliance partner of the NDA.