Giving Rest To All Speculations, Amit Shah Says BJP-JD (U) Alliance Intact


New Delhi: BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said that the alliance was intact and, with chief minister Nitish Kumar in the fold, would win all 40 LokSabha seats in the state in the next yearLokSabha elections.

Ending weeks of speculation over a rift in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) camp in Bihar, Shah’s remarks came after the meeting of party leaders in Patna, soon after his breakfast meeting with Kumar, who is the Janata Dal (United) president.

“Stop salivating. We know how to manage our partners and walk the mile with our friends,” Shah said in an apparent rebuff to opposition parties, who were reportedly trying to court Kumar in the wake of voices of discord over seat-sharing in the NDA.

The BJP functionaries said that Shah was happy with the outcome of his breakfast and dinner meetings with the JD(U) chief. “The meeting has sealed that JD(U) will remain an integral and important ally of the BJP. Issues like seat-sharing will be sorted out amicably,” said a top BJP leader on the condition of anonymity.

The BJP, besides Shah, was represented at Kumar’s dinner by the party’s state president NityanandRai, deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and other ministers. Unlike the breakfast meeting, where the JD(U) was represented by only Kumar, the dinner was attended by JD(U) Bihar president BashisthaNarain Singh and other senior ministers.

Hitting out at the Opposition for trying to band together to counter the BJP in the upcoming LokSabha elections, Shah said: “All the leaders who plan to join hands had fought against us in 2014.”

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