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No love lost? BJP, JD-U locked in bitter power struggle ahead of crucial 2019 LS polls

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PATNA: They were supposed to work unitedly so as to clinch good number of seats in the upcoming LS polls; rather the BJP and its new ally, the JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar, are locked in an unseemly fight over petty student union elections.

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The BJP has taken a very serious note of Prashant Kishor “holding meeting” with Patna University vice-chancellor just ahead of the Patna University Students Union (PUSU) elections scheduled for tomorrow.

Today, a group of BJP lawmakers even staged a sit-in in Patna and demanded the arrest of Kishor, a close aide of the chief minister, for meeting the V-C in complete violation of the model code of conduct now in force.

“We demand immediate arrest of Prashant Kishor for meeting the V-C and violating model code of conduct,” a BJP lawmaker Nitin Navin told the media at the sit-in site.

A day ago, a group of BJP leaders had met Bihar governor Lalji Tandon and registered protest over the way the JD-U leader held meeting with the V-C just ahead of the student union polls.

Kishor denied all the allegations leveled against him and instead asked the ABVP leaders to perform better in the elections.

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He alleged his vehicle was attacked with stones by few hooligans and anti-social elements.

BJP ally Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) condemned the move of the JD-U and demanded for dismissal of the V-C or postponing the elections for holding fair elections under the prevailing situation.

The opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) launched even bitterest attacks on the chief minister and accused the latter of misusing “CM residence and state machinery” to somehow win elections.

RJD vice-president Shivanad Tiwari wonders why the chief minister looks so desperate to win the student union polls.

“Perhaps, the chief minister wants to show its ally that he still has his hold over youths after badly losing LS and recent assembly by-polls. We had never imagined he could stoop to so low,” asks Tiwari.

Featured image caption: JD-U vice-president Prashant Kishor meeting PU V-C at latter residence in Patna on Monday evening.

Image courtesy: Social Media

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