‘Poll issues during poll time, no rift in NDA,’ claims Nitish as BJP hardens stand

‘Poll issues during poll time, no rift in NDA,’ claims Nitish as BJP hardens stand

PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today denied any rift in the ruling NDA over the issue of seat-sharing.

“There are no differences in the NDA…we are working together and will continue to work,” Kumar told the media on Monday and partly blamed the media for “playing up” the rift story.

He added some “over enthusiastic” party leaders might have raised the seat sharing issue but the issues related to polls would be discussed at the time of polls.

The “clarification” came amid media reports that the BJP has refused to bend before the JD-U and was ready to go it alone should the latter remained adamant on its stand.

A section of JD-U leaders had staked claim for contesting 25 out of Bihar’s 40 LS seats and claimed the JD-U with 71 seats was the “Big Brother”.

A meeting of the party held last week also projected Kumar as the “NDA face” for Bihar, without taking allies into confidence.

This evoked sharp protest from the RLSP which said its party chief Upendra Kushwaha was the perfect face for NDA in Bihar and claimed the party with three LS MPs was bigger than the JD-U with only two MPs.

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