Paswan, who earlier had called off his alliance with NDA following Modi's alleged role in 2002 Gujarat riots, joined NDA once again leaving everyone shocked.
Divulging the real reason(s) of his decision, the LJP leader on Thursday, March 6 was quoted as saying, "There was no other option. I was insulted by both the Congress and the RJD. The UPA mistreats its allies. The NDA treats its allies better. Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi never share stage with their allies, while the BJP promotes its allies."
I was insulted by both UPA and RJD leaders: Ram Vilas Paswan
Paswan earlier had said he had no regrets over returning to the NDA fold after 12 years and was driven to it by the "reticent approach" of RJD and Congress and signs of revolt within his own party.
"I did my best to work out an alliance with RJD and bring Congress on board, but the two parties wanted to drag seat- sharing talks over an indefinite period. That left me with no option but to clinch a pre-poll tie- up with the BJP-led NDA," he said at his first press conference here after joining NDA.
Paswan said he had apprehensions that Congress and RJD wanted to delay seat-sharing talks beyond the announcement of the parliamentary poll schedule, which has been proved true.
"I was apprehensive that they (Congress and RJD) would offer us only a couple of seats at the last minute, which we would have been forced to accept as there would have been no other option for us. Accepting an offer of a couple of seats would have been insulting for us and humiliating to our party," he said.