New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar on Sunday said no party can take him for granted ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Addressing the party’s national executive meet in New Delhi on Sunday, Nitish Kumar said his party has a vote share of 17 per cent and no one can ignore it. “Those who ignore us will be ignored by the people of Bihar,” he said.
Nitish Kumar’s message is very clear. Our party will not compromise on the 3 Cs- Corruption, Crime and Communalism.’ KC Tyagi, JD(U)’s secretary general
Seat sharing will be a key issue in general polls
Despite being alliance partners, the JD(U) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are having differences over the seat-sharing arrangements for the general election. Speaking about this, Nitish Kumar said there were no talks about how many seats the JD)U) will contest from in Bihar next year. The party passed two resolutions during the meet. The first one was an endorsement of the proposal of one-nation-one election and the second was its reiteration of its opposition to the Assam Citizenship Amendment Bill. The national executive also authorised Nitish Kumar to take political decisions in regards to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
‘No understanding possible with Cong’
- ￼The Bihar chief minister also hit out at Congress for aligning with Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). “Rahul Gandhi’s stand on corruption is not clear,” he said.
- ￼Speaking to reporters after the meet, JD(U)’s Secretary General KC Tyagi said getting special status for Bihar is a key issue for the party and it will continue to pursue this matter within NDA.
- ￼He also said that as long as Congress continues to hold hands with the RJD, there can be no understanding between JD(U) and Congress. “Our leader Nitish Kumar had met Rahul Gandhi and apprised him about the corrupt Lalu Yadav family. But he didn’t do anything to stop the grand alliance from disintegrating,” said Tyagi.
- ￼JD(U) has been accusing Modi Government of ignoring its special status demand. He said that there were many speculations over JD(U)’s status in NDA ahead of this meeting. “All these speculations have been put to rest now,” he said.
‘To contest 4 state polls on our own, not with BJP’
- Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has said his party will take a final call on seat sharing in the state for 2019 general elections after seeing what the BJP has to offer.
- Kumar’s party is seen as growing apart from the BJP over seat sharing and his projection as the face of the NDA in the state in next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
- His party issued a carefully crafted statement after a strategy session during its crucial executive meet. “We aren’t helping or supporting or opposing the BJP.
- The JDU will fight elections in four states on its own,” senior party leader KC Tyagi said.
- ‘We fought in Gujarat, in Nagaland, in Karnataka on limited seats… We carry the political agenda of our party,’ he added.
- JD(U) National Executive body has also given a go-ahead to the party’s plans for contesting the upcoming assembly polls in MP, Rajasthan & Chhattisgarh. The party will contest on selected seats with an alliance with the BJP.