NDA is United in Bihar; Says Janata Dal-U Leader

RJD leader Shyam Rajak (file photo).

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Patna: Janata Dal-U leader Shyam Rajak on Sunday insisted ties between his party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were as strong as ever before and there was no cause for concern for those supporting the NDA leadership in Bihar.

Rajak, the party's national general secretary, urged the people to not pay attention to rumors and innuendos being hurled by the opposition parties as both the JD-U and the BJP were poised to contest state Assembly elections later this year jointly for a repeat performance of the last year's Lok Sabha polls in Bihar.

The JD-U leader who is sending conflicting message on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Registration of Citizens (NRC), and National Population Register (NPR) mainly because of Nitish Kumar's ever-conflicting statements on the controversial rules that has engulfed the nation in a series of protests, said that while the BJP and the JD-U may differ on certain matters that was quite normal in any political alliance, the NDA was united and will continue to remain so in spite of reports of cracks in the partnership.

Rajak, when asked about Sushil Kumar Modi's statement that the NPR, NRC, and CAA were permanent and every state was constitutionally required to follow the rules, Rajak said that no meeting had taken place between the JD-U and BJP on this matter.

"The issue has not surfaced in any cabinet meetings and Nitish Kumar has never said anything one way or the other. What Modi has said is his own personal opinion and does not reflect the sentiments of the JD-U one way or the other.

As reported, Modi on Sunday declared that the NPR would be updated in Bihar between May 15 and 28 and the nationwide effort will be carried out between April 1 and September 30.

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