Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) throws hat within the ring for West Bengal meeting polls

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Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) throws hat within the ring for West Bengal meeting polls

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) on Thursday asserted that it was wanting ahead to contesting a considerable variety of seats within the West Bengal meeting elections, during which its ally BJP has excessive stakes. JD(U) nationwide common secretary Ghulam Rasool Baliyavi mentioned the occasion’s unit in West Bengal desires to contest at the very least 75 seats and the quantity might go up, topic to the approval of the management.

Elections to the 294-strong West Bengal meeting are more likely to be held in just a few months and the BJP, which put up a surprising efficiency within the state in final 12 months’s Lok Sabha polls, is trying to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“Now we have contested meeting elections in West Bengal up to now. We wish to accomplish that this time additionally. Our occasion has carried out huge membership drives in districts comparable to Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia and Bankura,” Baliyavi mentioned.

He mentioned the occasion was hopeful of doing nicely in locations which has a excessive proportion of individuals hailing from Bihar, and claimed that the great governance of Nitish Kumar has created a buzz within the neighbouring state.

The JD(U) has been sustaining that its alliance with the BJP was confined to Bihar. The occasion has fought in states like Karnataka and Gujarat with no tie-up with the BJP, which is in energy. In BJP-rule Arunachal Pradesh, the JD(U) is the primary opposition occasion.

Equally in Jharkhand, the place BJP misplaced energy final 12 months, the JD(U) had contested individually. Nevertheless, the JD(U) fought the Delhi meeting polls earlier this 12 months in alliance with the BJP.

Replying to a question, Baliyavi mentioned, “I’m of the opinion that the BJP ought to suppose when it comes to taking Nitish Kumar alongside. If it chooses in any other case, then each occasion has the appropriate to increase its personal base.”

Within the night, a celebration delegation from West Bengal met Nitish Kumar on the JD(U)’s state headquarters right here. 

The chief minister, nevertheless, claimed the talks weren’t centred across the meeting polls within the neighbouring state.

“Our occasion’s nationwide government and nationwide council meets are scheduled right here subsequent week. On this connection, delegates from numerous states have been coming to share their inputs. These from Bengal had been additionally right here however there was nothing extra to it as of now,” Kumar mentioned in reply to questions from reporters.

Bablu Mahto, one of many visiting delegates from West Bengal, mentioned the JD(U) unit there noticed itself as part of the NDA and would ideally prefer to contest, not simply the meeting polls however panchayat and municipal elections as nicely, in alliance with the BJP although a last determination was to be taken by the nationwide management.

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