Putting Rumors to Rest, JD-U to Remain with NDA in Bihar in the 2019 LS Polls

JD-U office in Patna.

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Patna: Despite rumors of cracks within the NDA in Bihar, Janata Dal – U, during its national executive meeting in Delhi on Sunday, announced its decision to stay with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition in Bihar that consists of, besides the JD-U, Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Upendra Kushwaha-led Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP).

Talking to the reporters, JD-U General Secretary Sanjay Kumar Jha said that JD-U will remain a part of the NDA in Bihar and lingering questions over seat-sharing in the next Lok Sabha elections would be addressed at a later date in the spirit of the 'coalition dharma'.

"We are confident that NDA, with the JD-U and other members of the alliance, will sweep Bihar in the Lok Sabha elections. As far as who gets how many seats, that would be sorted out amicably when the time is appropriate," Jha said following meeting at Bihar Bhawan in Delhi that was attended by party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish and other senior leaders.

The party, however, kept its options in other state elections open saying the party would be free to go solo in states other than Bihar if it chose to do so.

The party also authorized Nitish Kumar to take all political decisions in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

JD-U national spokesperson K C Tyagi refuted allegations in the media that the JD-U was an enabler of the divisive politics of the saffron party saying JD-U was neither helping the BJP nor opposing it.

While secretly hoping the JD-U would join the Grand Alliance in Bihar, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav had earlier said that the JD-U would be welcome to the Mahagathbandhan only if Nitish Kumar voluntarily retired from the party.

RJD's tough talk against the Chief Minister, however, has been criticized by a number of Congress leaders who asked the Yadav brothers to tone down their anti-Nitish rhetoric saying the JD-U leader had a clean image and one should never close the doors permanently on any politician.

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