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Nitish Kumar will be the face of NDA in Bihar during LS polls, says JD(U)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar share a lighter moment in Patna. File Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar share a lighter moment in Patna. File Photo  

Three days before a crucial National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting in Patna to project a united face among people, its constituent, the Janata Dal (United) has asserted that its president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be the face of alliance in the State in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The announcement was made by K.C. Tyagi, national general secretary and spokesperson of the JD(U).

Mr Tyagi, along with another party national general secretary Pawan Varma, chief electoral strategist for the JD(U) in the 2015 Assembly polls Prashant Kishor and Mr. Kumar had a four hour meeting on Sunday at Mr Kumar’s official residence in Patna.

“Nitish Kumar is the face of the NDA in Bihar as he is the tallest leader and the BJP, the LJP [Lok Jan Shakti Party] and the RLSP [Rashtriya Lok Samata Party] will have to approach the Lok Sabha polls under his leadership”, Mr. Varma said.

Party insiders told The Hindu that the JD(U) would soon press the BJP for a seat-sharing arrangement in the parliamentary election.

NDA constituents for early seat-sharing arrangement

RLSP leader Upendra Kushwaha has earlier called for early settlement of a seat-sharing arrangement.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP spared seven seats to the LJP and the latter won six. The BJP had left four seats to the RLSP and the latter won three. The BJP contested in 29 constituencies and won 22.

This time, with the JD(U) in alliance, the LJP and the RLSP are said to be apprehensive of getting less seats.

Realising the swelling ground reality, the JD(U) has started putting pressure on ''big brother'' BJP to bag more seats.

Meeting on June 7

On June 7, the BJP, the JD(U), the LJP and the RLSP will hold a dinner meeting at Patna’s Gyan Bhawan. BJP's Bihar in charge Bhupendra Yadav, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan, and Upendra Kushwaha will participate in the meeting along with other leaders.

After the June 3 core committee meeting, JD(U) leaders asserted that in the coming days, the party would intensify its demand for the grant of Special Status Category to Bihar.

Mr. Kishor is believed to have come back to the JD(U) camp for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and State Assembly polls in 2020.

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