JDU to fight polls in four states on its own, 2019 seat sharing depends on BJP

Nitish Kumar

Patna, July 8 :The Janata Dal -United, BJP’s ruling partner in Bihar, has announced that it will contest on selected Assembly seats in upcoming state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh but will decide on seat sharing in the state for 2019 general elections only after seeing what BJP has to offer.

 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said 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.

After a strategy session during its crucial executive meet,senior party leader KC Tyagi told reporters, “We aren’t helping or supporting or opposing the BJP. The Janata Dal United will fight elections in four states on its own” .

“We fought in Gujarat, in Nagaland, in Karnataka on limited seats… We carry the political agenda of our party,” he added.

When asked about any talks with Congress and JD(U)for the 2019 assembly polls for “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) , Tyagi said, “Until and unless Congress clears its stand on a corrupt party like RJD, we don’t know how to communicate with them any further.”

The JD(U) has also decided to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative of simultaneous elections.

“We are in the favour of simultaneous elections but we don’t think it is easy to be conducted. However we cannot oppose it as it is a step towards less expensive election, curbing black money and better governance,” Tyagi said.

The party also decided to authorise Nitish Kumar to take all the decision on 2019 elections.

“In the light of 2019 election, all the power has been given to the National President to take political decisions. It was also decided how will we go about in the upcoming election,” JD(U) General Secretary Sanjay Jha said.

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