LJP wants Nitish back in NDA, BJP mum

LJP wants Nitish back in NDA, BJP mum

LJP wants Nitish back in NDA, BJP mum

"It will be a tough fight", Reddy said, adding, the opposition parties would "certainly" try to reach out to NDA allies to support Meira Kumar.

"He (Nitish) was the first one who chose to defeat Bihar's Dalit daughter, not us", Azad said in a reply to Bihar Chief Minister's statement that his party was free to take its decisions, and admonished the opposition alliance for fielding "Bihar ki beti" (Bihar's daughter) Meira Kumar to lose.

For the July 17 Presidential election, Nitish Kumar has declared support for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Ram Nath Kovind, a former Bihar Governor, while Lalu Prasad has announced he will back "Bihar ki beti" Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha Speaker. The saffron party, on the other hand, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kumar had a "natural admiration" for each other.

Its spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao said, "The coalition in Bihar is riddled with internal contradictions".

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JDU asked why the Congress is seemed bent on shortening the life of their grand alliance along with the RJD in Bihar.

According to RJD leaders, Lalu Prasad spoke to Nitish Kumar on Monday night and Tuesday morning to clarify his party's stand after JD-U spokespersons objected to Tejashwi Yadav - Deputy Chief Minister and younger son of RJD chief - and some party leaders launching personal attacks on the Chief Minister. "Azad's comments are not in good taste".

Even Jagjivan Ram, the father of UPA's Presidential candidate Meira Kumar, felt "suffocated" in the Congress and left the party after the Emergency, the senior BJP leader said and claimed that it was the Janata Party government, of which Jan Sangha was a part, which honoured Jagjivan Ram by making him the deputy prime minister. Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) chief and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has also maintained silence after expressing his confidence in Kovind as the BJP's choice for the President's post. However, Tyagi said that his party's ideological differences with the BJP still remain.

Kumar's surprise support to Kovind led to flak from the the RJD and the Congress.

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