Questioning IAF Actions Demoralizing; Says Nitish Kumar

JD-U parliamentary working committee meeting in Patna on Monday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the meeting of the Janata Dal – U working committee in Patna on Monday, objected to the questioning of Indian Air Force air strike on terror camps in Pakistan saying such callous words or actions could hurt the morale of the soldiers in the Indian armed force.

“By questioning the integrity of our soldiers, some people are deliberately trying to demoralize them. Our nation must take tough measures against terrorists and the country must stand united in such matters. Our party is completely behind the Modi government and will not compromise when it comes to the safety and security of India,” Kumar said.

JD-U national general secretary K C Tyagi, meanwhile, tried to underplay the party’s relationship with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying its pact with the saffron party was limited to Bihar only and the JD-U will keep its options open when it comes to expanding its base in other states.

“Our alliance with the BJP is only in Bihar and the party working committee has entrusted Nitish Kumar to decide party’s fate in other states. He may decide to go solo in some states while keeping his options open in other states,” Tyagi said.

While Tyagi made no formal announcement about seat-sharing, sources said it was likely both BJP and JD-U would contest on 17 seats each while leaving six seats for Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP).

Party leader and Rajya Sabha member RCP Singh said a formal announcement on seat-sharing would be made very soon.

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