Bihar CM Nitish Kumar rules out rift with BJP, asserts all is well in NDA


Patna: Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Nitish Kumar on Monday dismissed reports which suggested that all is not well in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state.

Kumar asserted that there was no rift between the JD(U) and its ally Bharatiya Janata Party.

“There are no differences with the BJP. Our (JD-U’s) relation with the BJP is as strong as it was in past. Everything is good, all is well in the NDA in Bihar,” Kumar told the reporters after holding his weekly Lok Samvad programme.

“Bihar’s interests will be protected. We have already talked about this. Our not getting a seat (at the Centre) will not hamper the process to bring the state out of backwardness. We have already finalised many projects for the state with BJP. The NITI Aayog meeting will be held in a few days where we will further put forth our demands for the benefit of the state,” he said.

Kumar had on Sunday announced that the JD-U will contest 2020 Bihar Assembly Elections as part of the NDA. However, the party will contest in Delhi, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana Assembly Elections on its own.

“We will never compromise with our core values and principles, during or before elections. Our focus is on developing Bihar. We are focused on helping the nation through developing our state. After elections the pace of work will increase as many leaders who were engaged in campaigning during elections will resume work,” the Bihar CM added.

Out of 17 seats that it contested in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Bihar, the JD-U (as the NDA ally) won 16.

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