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It was JD-U's decision not to contest bypolls in Bihar: Nitish

IANS  |  Patna 

and Bihar on Monday said that the decision of his party not to contest by-elections to one 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," told media here in a reply to speculation over the decision of the ruling not to field candidates in any of the three seats where bypolls will take place in March.

said he has given his consent to the party state unit's decision not to contest the bypolls to Araria and the seats.

After the decided not to contest the bypolls, of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav taunted the 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."

Two days ago JD-U state announced that the party will not field any candidate for any of the three seats in the bypolls.

The bypoll in Araria seat was necessitated by the death of MP 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.

The Jahanabad assembly seat has fallen vacant after the death of The JD-U had fought the 2015 Assembly polls in alliance with the and the

The bypolls in Bhabhua in district has been necessitated following the death of the



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:52 IST