Presidential polls: BJP splits ruling Bihar alliance, gets Nitish to its side

Presidential polls: BJP splits ruling Bihar alliance, gets Nitish to its side

PATNA: It’s official now.

The JD-U headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar has finally “decided” to support NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind who earlier served as the Governor of Bihar.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the party leaders held here on Wednesday.

“We decided to extend support to NDA’s presidential candidate #RamNathKovind as his tenure as Guv had been peaceful,” JD-U’s chief spokesperson KC Tyagi told the news agency ANI on Wednesday evening.

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At the same time, he announced the JD-U would also not participate in the meeting of the opposition parties to be held tomorrow in Delhi, dealing a serious blow to opposition unity.

The RJD hit out at the JD-U for taking an altogether different stand over the issue despite being part of the grand alliance.

“Everyone knows he (Nitish Kumar) holds a soft corner towards the BJP but we have no problem. Instead of doing covertly, he should come out in open support of the BJP,” RJD legislator Bhai Birendra said.

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Kovind was declared as NDA’s presidential candidate on Monday by BJP chief Amit Shah.

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