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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to attend JD-U meet today

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 07 Jul 2018, 11:25:33 AM
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to attend JD-U meet today (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U president Nitish Kumar on Saturday will attend the meeting of his party office-bearers in Delhi.

The meeting came a day before Kumar’s address at JD-U national executive meet on Sunday, amid a strain in his ties with the BJP.

The chief minister is expected to articulate JD-U’s position on a host of issues ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as speculations had been rife about his next political move.

There are also reports that Nitish is keen to revive his alliance with the RJD and the Congress, a suggestion rejected by his party leaders but which has gained ground due to the JD-U’s differences with the BJP.

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Several leaders of the Bihar-based party have demanded its preeminent position in the BJP-led NDA restored, a status it enjoyed in the alliance until 2013 when Kumar broke ties with the saffron party.

With the BJP gaining in strength in the state following its sweep in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it is unlikely to give the JD(U) a bigger status and political watchers believe that Kumar has been jockeying for fighting about 15 seats in 2019.

The BJP had won 22 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and its allies, Ram Vilas Paswan-led LJP and Upendra Kushwaha-led RLSP had six and three respectively. The JD(U) had won only two seats.

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JD-U leaders have argued that their party had performed much better than the BJP in 2015 assembly polls and its results should be considered in the allotment of seats for the Lok Sabha election.

(With inputs from PTI)

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First Published : 07 Jul 2018, 11:17:24 AM