Amid speculations about a possible rift with Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) called its National Executive on June 9 in Patna. Revealing the details about JD(U) National Executive, spokesperson KC Tyagi asserted that as per poll commission directives the party needs to complete its organizational election and other procedures by October.
Dismissing all claims, Tyagi said that there is nothing to read between lines. ‘Not much politics should be read into it,” he said.
KC Tyagi further said that JD-U is very much with Bharatiya Janata Party and the NDA is intact in the state.
However, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has dismissed all speculations about tussle with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), but his recent decision to induct 8 MLAs of his party as ministers in his government in Bihar while leaving out the BJP has fuelled political buzz about a possible rift with the party.
One of the oldest allies of Bharatiya Janata Party, the JD(U) had snapped its ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2013. Nitish Kumar-led party joined hands with its Lalu Prasad Yadav‘s RJD in the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls and ran a coalition government in the state.
However, JD-U snapped ties with RJD in 2017 and again joined hands with Bharatiya Janata Party.
Nitish Kumar had on May 30 announced not to be a part of Narendra Modi-led Union Cabinet saying that BJP’s offer of one ministerial berth in the cabinet is not acceptable. The move has sparked the rumors about ‘Not All Well’ with both ruling partners.
Janata Dal (United) contested the national polls in an alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party. It has bagged 16 out of 17 contested Seat in Bihar that has a total of 40 Lok Sabha Seats. Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP was also an alliance partner of BJP and JD-U in Bihar.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Alliance in the state swept polls by bagging 39 Seats out of the 40 Lok Sabha Seats. RJD who led the opposition alliance comprising Congress, RLSP, Jitan Ram Manjhi‘s HAM, among others faced a humiliating defeat in the national polls concluded on May 23. The UPA only won a single seat in the state.