NDA crisis deepens as JD-U decides to contest elections alone in four states
Nitish Kumar takes decision at a meeting of JD-U's national executive held on Sunday
PATNA: The continuing rift between the two key NDA partners in Bihar became more visible on Sunday after the JD-U decided to contest assembly elections alone in four states.
The four states where the JD-U has decided to go it alone include Jharkhand, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi.
The JD-U took this decision at a meeting of the party’s national executive held here on Sunday under the chairman of chief minister Nitish Kumar. The meeting made it clear that the JD-U won’t be a part of the NDA outside Bihar but added it was firmly with the NDA in Bihar.
“The people shouldn’t have any doubt over it. We are with the NDA and will fight the next assembly polls in Bihar in alliance with the BJP,” Nitish Kumar told the meeting.
The meeting was considered very important after party’s vice-president Prashant Kishor agreed to work for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal but nothing was discussed over it, media reports said.
A day earlier Nitish Kumar had said Kishor is party’s vice president but the JD-U has nothing to do with his agency. That indirectly meant the JD-U has no objection with Kishor’s agency, I-PAC, lending its services to any political parties.