PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar whose party has announced to go it alone in Gujarat assembly elections today predicted a comfortable victory for the BJP in the state polls.
The western Indian state goes to poll next month but this is the first time in many years that Narendra Modi will not be the chief ministerial face of the BJP.
“I do not think there is any danger to the BJP in the Gujarat polls. This is my assessment. Will the people of the state vote against the party when it is likely to be at the back of their minds that they have their own prime minister? We ought to take these sentiments into account,” the chief minister was quoted as saying by news agency PTI today.
What is peculiar, the JD-U which is led by the chief minister has announced to go it alone in Gujarat polls and field its candidates on at six seats after its ally, the BJP, ignored it for seat-sharing talks.
“We will contest the Gujarat assembly elections on our traditional seats…We won’t form any alliance with any party, including the BJP,” was how JD-U spokesperson KC Tyagi had told the media last month.