The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) on the 16th of October, cleared the rumours of a rift with the Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United) (JD[U.])
Amit Shah, the Home Minister of India and President of the BJP, said, “The Janata Dal (United) and the BJP will go to polls together and we will fight polls under the leadership of Nitish ji. This is absolutely clear.”
In the past, the JD(U) and the BJP often exchanged criticising comments and an aggressive relationship, due to which it was expected both parties would fight the Bihar Assembly elections individually.
However, during an interview with News18, Amit Shah said the BJP would contest the Bihar elections with the JD(U) and under the leadership of Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar.
When asked about the speculations of a rift between the JD(U) and the BJP, Amit Shah said, “In a coalition, there are always tiffs and they should be considered a parameter of a healthy coalition. Bas mat bhed man bhed mein nahi badalna chahiye (only thing is that these differences in opinion shouldn’t turn into a change of hearts.)”
The Janata Dal (United) is the ruling Party in Bihar and Nitish Kumar, the President of the JD(U,) will lead the alliance campaign.
Bihar will conduct its Assembly elections in 2020.
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