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Make development, not contentious issues as NDA’s main poll agenda, allies tell BJP

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PATNA: Allies have objected to BJP’s move to rake up the contentious issues ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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The JD-U and the LJP, headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan respectively, have openly disapproved of this move while suggesting the BJP to make development as NDA’s key poll agenda for better political gains.

“I feel Ram mandir should not be on our agenda, only development, farmers, jobs should be given priority,” LJP parliamentarian Chirag Paswan told news agency ANI on Sunday.

He claimed raising the contentious issues in the elections could damage NDA’s poll prospects.

Chirag who represents Jamui seat from Bihar in the Lok Sabha got instant support from the JD-U which returned to the NDA only last year.

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“Like 2014 LS polls, development should be the main poll issue this time as well,” JD-U general secretary KC Tyagi suggested, talking to the media today.

Earlier the JD-U had opposed the contentious issues being raked up by its saffron partner ahead of upcoming LS polls.

“Our party stand on Uniform Civil Code, Article 370 and Ram Temple is very much clear. We can’t support the BJP over the issue,” JD-U general secretary KC Tyagi told the media on Friday.

He added, “These issues are not on NDA’s agenda, they are on BJP’s agenda”.

The JD-U further announced not to support the BJP over the issue of Triple Talaq.

“The JD-U won’t support the BJP if Triple Talaq bill comes up for voting in the Rajya Sabha,” state JD- president JD-U chief Vashishtha Narayan Singh told the media on Friday.

The JD-U has six members in the Rajya Sabha. “We feel the way this bill is being rushed, it was avoidable and we feel more consultation should have taken place,” Singh added.

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