Nitish Kumar will lead NDA in Bihar in Lok Sabha Elections 2019, says JD(U)
New Delhi : An announcement made just three days before the important National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting in Patna to project a united face among people, its constituent, the Janata Dal (United) has declared that its president and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be the face of alliance in the State in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The crucial 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.
A close source of the Party told ‘The Hindu’ that the JD(U) would soon press the BJP for a seat-sharing arrangement in the parliamentary election.
NDA constituent for early seat-sharing arrangement and 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.
Understanding the swelling of ground reality, the JD (U) has started putting pressure on ''big
On June 7, the BJP, the JD(U), the LJP and the RLSP will attend a common 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 confirmed that in the coming days, the party would strengthen its demand for the grant of Special Status Category to Bihar.
Mr. Kishor might return to JD(U) camp for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and State Assembly polls in 2020, Nitish Kumar for Lok Sabha Election 2019