State has benefited from JD(U)-BJP alliance: Nitish

State has benefited from JD(U)-BJP alliance: Nitish

Replying to another query, Kumar who is running the Bihar government in alliance with the BJP, said he did not see the saffron party facing "any difficulty" in retaining power in Gujarat in next month's Assembly polls in that state. The camp, led by Sharad Yadav, had staked claim to the symbol ever since disagreements crept up between the two leaders in August. Accordingly, the group led by Nitish Kumar is recognised as the Janata Dal (United) in terms of Paragraph 15 of the Symbols Order.

The order follows a month-long tussle between the groups led by Nitish and former JD (U) chief Sharad.

After Kumar chose to join hands with the BJP by ending alliance with Lalu Prasad's RJD and the Congress, senior party leader Yadav accused him of indulging in anti-party activities by going against the decision of the national executive of the party which had resolved to oppose the BJP. While Sharad faction is seeking to forge alliance with Congress, Nitish faction has made a decision to contest on its own.

Congress party is in talks with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Sharad Yadav-led faction of JD-U over a possible alliance ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

MLA from Gujarat, had filed petition in the EC and sought a direction that the faction of Janata Dal (United) led by him may be recognised as the said Party.

"As per the Commission's record, Nitish Kumar is the President of the party, elected in 2016, as per the information furnished by the party under Sub-section (9) of Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951", the poll panel said in its order.

In a press statement, JD (U) national secretary K.C. Tyagi asked all rebel members to come back into the party fold. It submitted that the Commission should look into the numerical strength of the National Council of the party constituted in 2013.

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