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Posted at: Jul 13, 2018, 1:22 AM; last updated: Jul 13, 2018, 1:22 AM (IST)

No rift over seat-sharing, JD-U to stay in NDA: Shah

No rift over seat-sharing, JD-U to stay in NDA: Shah
Bihar CM and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar and BJP president Amit Shah exchange greetings in Patna on Thursday. PTI

Jitendra K Shrivastava

Tribune News Service

Patna, July 12

After a month-long war of words between the BJP and the JD-U over seat-sharing, BJP president Amit Shah on Thursday arrived in Patna and met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over breakfast for about 45 minutes at the state Guest House.

They both reported to have held a discussion over seat-sharing which continued over dinner as well.

“In 2009 parliamentary polls, the JD-U had played a role of ‘Big Brother’ and contested on 25 Lok Sabha seats, giving only 15 to its alliance partner BJP. But in the 2014 General Election the JD-U was not an ally of the BJP that won 22 out of 40 seats in the state. It is not easy to resolve seat-sharing formula for the ‘Mission 2019’ when JD-U, RLSP and LJP are allies of the BJP-led NDA,” said a senior JD-U leader.

The repeated offer to Nitish-led JD-U to join the Grand Alliance (RJD and Congress) by the Congress is likely to help Nitish bargain seats with the BJP. The JD-U along with the RJD and the Congress had won Assembly polls with thumping majority, confining BJP to 53 seats in a 243-member Bihar Assembly.

Rejecting the reports of fissures with JD-U, Shah said: “We do not have any differences with our ally JD-U over seat-sharing. Those who are speculating that Nitishji would return to its (Grand Alliance) fold can keep on doing that as he would not dump NDA.”

The BJP president reposed full faith in Nitish, saying that he knew how to handle allies. He said: “When the BJP won the parliamentary polls in 214 with a majority even then it had included its allies in the Cabinet”. He claimed that the NDA would win all 40 Parliamentary seats in 2019.

Criticising the UPA’s regime for ignoring Bihar, Shah said: “The Modi government has given over Rs4 lakh crore for Bihar’s development so far whereas the UPA in two terms gave only over Rs1 lakh crore to the state.

‘Others can Speculate, he won’t dump NDA’

We don’t have any differences with JD-U over seat-sharing. Those who are speculating that Nitishji would return to its (Grand Alliance) fold can keep on doing that as he would not dump NDA. Amit Shah, BJP Chief

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