JD-U president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the decision of his party not to contest by-elections to one Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats was taken by the state unit of the party and not him.
"It was a decision of the state unit of the JD-U, not mine," Nitish Kumar told media here in a reply to speculation over the decision of the ruling JD-U not to field candidates in any of the three seats where bypolls will take place in March.
After the JD-U decided not to contest the bypolls, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav taunted the Chief Minister saying: "It shows Nitish Kumar's abject surrender before the BJP which will not allow him to call the shots. What an irony. The ruling party is running away from a contest."
The bypoll in Araria Lok Sabha seat was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohammad Taslimuddin. The BJP had finished second in the seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, closely followed by the JD-U, which had then contested the Parliamentary polls separately.
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