BJP’s alliance with Janata Dal (United) will continue in Bihar, says Amit Shah

The Bharatiya Janata Party chief met Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Thursday morning.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Thursday said the saffron party’s alliance with the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar will continue, putting to rest rumours about a rift between the two parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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Shah met Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday morning. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of matters, including allocation of seats for the General Elections.

On Sunday, the Janata Dal (United) had announced that it would contest some seats in Assembly polls in Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh later this year on its own, even as it remains a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance for the 2019 elections. The party’s alliance with the BJP was limited to Bihar, Nitish Kumar had said.

In June, Kumar had denied there was discontent in his party over its alliance with the BJP, and had said the coalition would together decide the sharing of seats for the 2019 elections. After reports stated that the JD(U) wanted 25 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Kumar had said some leaders were trying to seek publicity by making statements out of turn.

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