Nitish-led JD(U): No talks with BJP for an alliance in Gujarat polls

RSTV Bureau
File Photo of former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar calls on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi

File photo of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) has said that it will contest its “traditional” four to five seats in Gujarat and that there have been no talks with the BJP for an alliance in the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls, even though the party is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

“There are currently no talks with the BJP for alliance in the elections, nor there is any possibility of such talks,” party’s chief spokesperson KC Tyagi said

Tyagi also urged the Election Commission to quickly resolve the fight over the party symbol. Both Nitish’s faction and the rival Sharad Yadav’s faction have claimed a right over the party symbol.

The JD(U) leader alleged that the Sharad Yadav-led group has submitted “forged” documents in the Election Commission which amounts a clear case of “forgery and contempt”.

“The rival faction has submitted a fresh set of documents supporting its claim on the party symbol ‘arrow’ in the EC on October 26 despite the fact that poll body has already announced that JD (U) led by Nitish Kumar is the real Janata Dal (United),” he said.

The party’s lone MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, has joined hands with Yadav. Vasava is Yadav faction’s acting president.

The election to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14, while counting of votes will be on December 18.

(With inputs from PTI)