BJP, JD(U), LJP to fight Bihar polls together: JP Nadda
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Sunday said the saffron party, the Janata Dal (United), and the Lok Janshakti Party, will fight the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls together. The statement comes amid speculation over the fate of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar. Nadda said the three parties will contest the elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Opposition has no ideology, vision, or spirit: Nadda
Speaking during a virtual meeting of the BJP's Bihar unit, Nadda said that the Opposition in Bihar and elsewhere had become a "spent force." He said the Opposition does not have an ideology, vision, or spirit to serve the people of Bihar adding that they cannot rise above petty politics. He said the BJP is the only political party that instills hope in people.
Bihar elections to be held in October-November
Nadda said the BJP, the JD(U), and the LJP will fight the upcoming polls together and emerge victorious. The Bihar Legislative Assembly elections are due to be held later this year in October-November. JD(U)'s Kumar is eyeing a fourth consecutive term as the Bihar CM in the upcoming polls, for which, the Election Commission will issue guidelines in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tensions between JD(U) and LJP
Nadda's declaration of a three-party alliance contesting the elections comes amid tensions between the JD(U) and the LJP. The Kumar-led JD(U) has said that its alliance is only with the saffron party, while the Chirag Paswan-led LJP has frequently questioned the CM's leadership. The BJP has maintained that the ruling NDA in the state remains intact.
Nadda praised Bihar government's handling of pandemic, floods
On Sunday, Nadda also praised the Bihar government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent floods in the state. He said the economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was implemented in "letter and spirit." He also detailed the Modi government's work to boost healthcare measures in the state amid the pandemic and to provide relief to the people.