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No rift between BJP & JD(U), no hurry to sort out seat-sharing: Nitish

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

today dismissed reports of any "rift" between his (United) and ally over sharing of seats in the upcoming polls, adding that he was in no hurry to resolve the thorny matter.

He made it clear that his party's alliance with the was limited to Bihar, a reason why the JD(U) had been fielding candidates in a number of states against the

Kumar, however, asserted that the question of his party becoming a part of an anti-BJP alliance elsewhere did not arise.

I am sitting here alongside (Deputy Chief Minister) Sushil Kumar Modi. It is amply clear that the government is functioning well and there is no problem between the two parties, the told reporters on the sidelines of his weekly public interaction programme

The JD(U) supremo was replying to queries about reports of simmering discontent within the NDA where his own party has been insisting on playing the role of a 'big brother' even as the other constituents (of the alliance)--the BJP, and RLSP-- have been reluctant in giving up their respective seats.

I do not wish to comment on what has been going on in the media. It is all hot air. All the issues relating to the 2019 elections will be sorted out in due course and the outcome would be made public. There is no hurry, he said.

Kumar also confirmed that a meeting with BJP Amit Shah, who is scheduled to visit the capital on

July 12, was on the cards. Though, he did not elaborate what was likely to be the agenda.

Speculations are rife that Shah and Kumar will thrash out the issue of seat sharing in the meeting.

Kumar's return to the NDA fold last year after the disintegration of Grand Alliance, comprising JD(U), RJD and Congress, has made the issue of seat sharing among coalition partners prickly.

The BJP along with its allies (of Ram Vilas Paswan) and (of Upendra Kushwaha) had won 31 seats out of a total of 40 seats in Bihar in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The saffron party had won 22 seats while bagged six and 3. The JD(U) which teamed up with Left parties could win only two seats in the polls.

Asked about the JD(U)'s recent announcement to contest the upcoming assembly polls in a number of states, including BJP-ruled ones like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kumar said it was done in the past too.

We have done so in the past. We fought and won a seat in ( in February this year). We contested in (in May last) where our party unit comprises a number of leaders with socialist background. This creates no problems or confusion as it has always been our stated position that the alliance between JD(U) and BJP is limited to Bihar, the clarified.

Asked about a possibility of having a truck with the Congress, Kumar evaded a direct reply, but remarked that he was not the to answer the query.

Some Legislators in Bihar have reportedly sought Kumar's return to the anti-BJP alliance. in-charge of the state Shakti Singh Gohil also backed Kumar's demand for special category status for Bihar.

Asked about his recent remarks that there were plans to eliminate his party, the JD(U) said he had made the observation in the light of what he had been noticing on

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 16:00 IST
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