PATNA: Scotching rumours of JD(U) quitting NDA in Bihar amid talks of discomfort with ally BJP, the ruling Janata Dal (United) on Sunday made it clear that the party is firmly with the ruling coalition within the state.
JD(U), one of many main constituents of Bihar NDA, is operating a coalition authorities within the state with the assistance of BJP, Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP).
“Speculations are doing the rounds in media circles with regard to our leader and chief minister Nitish Kumar. Some sends him somewhere while others are sending him somewhere else.
“But, we wish to make it clear that our party (JD-U) is firmly aligned with the NDA,” senior party leader and MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh said.
Singh was talking to reporters at the party’s state headquarters on decisions taken at the two-day meeting of its state executive and state council.
He was accompanied by party’s newly-elected state president Umesh Kushwaha and working president and minister Ashok Choudhary.
Singh’s statement assumes significance in the backdrop of opposition leaders speaking of political instability in the state in view of alleged lack of compatibility between the two major NDA partners- BJP and JD(U).
Ever since the en masse migration of the JD(U) MLAs in Arunachal Pradesh to the BJP, speculations are rife about “variations” cropping up between the 2 allies even in Bihar on a number of points.
Seeking to fish in troubled waters, the opposition RJD and the Congress have been speaking of mass defection of the JD(U) MLAs and a few of their leaders have additionally been asking Nitish Kumar to depart the saffron party as soon as once more like in 2015 and be a part of their fold.
Kumar had himself, whereas talking on the state council assembly Saturday, asserted that his authorities would full its 5 yr time period, in an oblique rebuff to opposition leaders who’ve been talking of political instability.