No more internal discord in NDA? BJP, JD(U), LJP to fight Bihar elections together, says Bhupendra Yadav

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The internal dispute between two main NDA allies in Bihar – JD(U) and LJP – has apparently ended with BJP Secretary-General and Head of State, Bhupender Yadav, declaring that the three ruling coalition parties will participate together in the upcoming elections.

Earlier today, the BJP arranged a critical meeting at JP Nadda ‘s party president’s house to address the polls in Bihar. Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Electoral Officer of the Bihar Party Devendra Fadnavis, and Bhupendra Yadav were also present at the conference.

Speaking to the media after the conference, Yadav said that BJP, Janta Dal (United), and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) will jointly contest the upcoming polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitesh Kumar.

“The NDA ‘gathbandhan’ under the leadership of CM Nitesh Kumar will contest the elections in Bihar. BJP, JDU, and Lok Janshakti — These three parties will contest the elections. Also, Jiten Majhi ‘s party has extended support to JDU, they’re all with us, “ANI said.

This comes a day after the Lok Janshakti party-endorsed its president, Chirag Paswan, as the nominee of the CM.

“Chirag Paswan is certainly our party’s CM candidate, there’s no question about it,” said Shahnawaz Ahmad Kaifi, LJP National Secretary-General.

JD(U), LJP conflict

LJP and Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) – Both NDA allies have been on the brink of a variety of issues over the past few months, including the Nitish Kumar administration’s management of the coronavirus scenario, the migrant crisis, and recent floods.

Ram Vilas Paswan, LJP’s patron, said earlier this month that he would stand firm on any decision his son and LJP leader Chirag take on an alliance and seat-sharing in the Bihar Assembly elections.

BJP ironed out differences between JD(U), LJP?

Earlier this month, the President of the BJP met with the Chief Minister in Patna and held a discussion on seat-sharing among NDA Alliance partners in the upcoming elections.

During the meeting, the BJP leadership told Kumar that they will try to work out the disagreements between the JD(U) and the LJP, PTI said.

Earlier, Devendra Fadnavis had played out rumors of the split between JD(U) and LJP and said, “No one is leaving the NDA, while many may join us.”

Bihar will be heading to the polls in three phases on October 28, November 3 and 7 and the results will be announced on November 10. The ruling BJP-led NDA will see the political-critical state lock the horns with the RJD-Congress coalition.

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