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. Mr 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 today 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 Janata Dal United will fight elections in four states on its own,” senior party leader KC Tyagi told reporters. “We fought in Gujarat, in Nagaland, in Karnataka on limited seats… We carry the political agenda of our party,” he added.
In his address at a closed-door meeting, Mr Kumar said all efforts to “eliminate and isolate our party will end up in isolation of those forces trying to do so”, a party leader said.
The JD(U), an ally of the NDA, is seen as being increasingly…