JD(U) has alliance with BJP, not RSS: Nitish

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Nitish Kumar
Patna, Jul 2: Firmly sticking to his stand for a secular person to be projected as the NDA's prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today swept aside criticism by the RSS saying his party JD(U) has an alliance with BJP and not the Sangh Parivar.

"JD(U) has a long standing alliance with BJP and not RSS...I stand by what I have said in an interview," he said, referring to his view on a secular person to be projected as the NDA's prime ministerial candidate.

"I did not take the name of any individual," he told reporters on the sidelines of his Janata Durbar here in reference to his secular NDA prime ministerial candidate demand being read as an attempt to undermine Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambitions.

Apparently seeking to link his secular NDA prime ministerial candidate plank to the foundation of ties between JD(U) and BJP in 1996, Kumar said his party had formed an alliance on the agenda against scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution and Uniform Civil Code, besides judicial or negotiated settlement of Ayodhya dispute.

JD(U) will not compromise with dilution in any of these core issues vis-a-vis its relations with BJP, he said.

On the ties between JD(U) and BJP in Bihar, Kumar said the two parties had come together under the banner of the NDA in 1999 with a tactical understanding to defeat the then ruling party, he said referring to the RJD-led government in the state that time.

PTI

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