The BJP and JD (U), which are fighting the upcoming Bihar assembly election together after Nitish Kumar broke away from the so-called grand alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress and returned to the NDA in 2017, put up a united front on Tuesday. The seat-sharing pact was announced days after the Chirag Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) said on Sunday that it would fight the elections on its own because it didn’t want to do so under Nitish Kumar.
The Chief Minister said at a press conference where two BJP election in-charges, former Maharashtra chief minister Devandra Fandivs and Bhupendra Yadav, were also present “There is no misunderstanding between JD (U) and BJP. We have been working together for Bihar’s development for 15 years, and will continue to do so.”
Nitish Kumar said both parties had already announced that they were fighting the election together. “We have shown a new way forward to Bihar and will continue to work together,” he said and attacked the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), which has been critical of the NDA’s governance in Bihar.
He added “Those who were in the government before us, what did they do? What was the condition of employment, law, and order, roads, etc? Riots and massacres were the order of the day. People know everything. When we came in 2005, we fixed things in education, health, and development. The state’s budget used to be Rs 24,00 crore and now we have taken it to Rs 2.11 lakh crore. We will work together and will contest polls. There are no misunderstandings.”
The focus of the media interaction was on a recent statement; made by the LJP president Chirag Paswan that was hugely critica;l of Nitish Kumar and the JD (U).
He said, replying to Chirag Paswan’s “ideological difference” barb that “Who is saying what, I am not bothered. We have a long association with Ram Vilas Paswan. Ask those people how Ram Vilas Paswan reached Rajya Sabha. He became an MP with the support of the BJP and JD (U). We have a long friendship; he is unwell and I wish him a speedy recovery.”
Nitish Kumar’s deputy Sushil Kumar Modi said the two parties; had already decided to fight the elections under the leadership of the CM.
Modi said that “We have made it clear that those who are ready to accept Nitish ji as their leader will stay in NDA. He is the chief ministerial candidate of NDA and will remain the CM. There is no confusion.”