The Bihar CM's Party To Contest 4 State Polls On Its Own, Not With BJP

The Bihar CM

The Bihar CM's Party To Contest 4 State Polls On Its Own, Not With BJP(File photos)

New Delhi: Nitish Kumar, the Cheif Minister of Bihar has said that his party will take a final call on seat sharing in the state for 2019 general elections after seeing what the BJP has to offer. The Bihar CM's party is seen as growing apart from the BJP over seat sharing and his projection as the face of the NDA in the state in next year's Lok Sabha elections. a A very carefully crafted statement was issued by his party, after a strategy session during its crucial executive meet.

He added, "We aren't helping or supporting or opposing the BJP. The Janata Dal United will fight elections in four states on its own," senior party leader KC Tyagi told reporters. "We fought in Gujarat, in Nagaland, in Karnataka on limited seats... We carry the political agenda of our party."

Mr Kumar, in his address at a closed-door meeting said that all efforts to "eliminate and isolate our party will end up in isolation of those forces trying to do so", a party leader said.

The Janata Dal United is an ally of the National Democratic Alliance is reported to be increasingly disappointed by the BJP stance since, the alliance was formed by Mr Kumar in last July after breaking ties with the Congress and Lalu Yadav's party.

The Centre has not given any positive response on special economic status for the state, which has been a key objective of Mr Kumar for the voters back home. The party has also been snubbed in terms of cabinet seats in PM Modi's last reshuffle.

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The JD(U) will be seeing, seat sharing as a key issue. Mr Tyagi was reported as saying that it would be "a big brother in seat sharing for 2019 polls in Bihar", ahead of the executive meeting.

Giriraj Singh, the senior BJP leaders  , who is also a Central minister, and BJP general secretary Rajendra Singh had hinted that Mr Kumar is not indispensable. He also indicated that even without the JD(U), the BJP-led alliance was capable of contesting Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha seats and ending up winning three-fourth.

According to the sources, the leadership of JD(U) has conveyed to the BJP that they are not willing to settle for fewer seats.

                                                                               

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