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Nitish should be ‘face’ of NDA in Bihar, JD-U tells BJP after bypoll loss

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In a message to the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal-United has said that Kumar should be the “face” of NDA in Bihar during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
The message comes with a sting just days after the BJP — and its allies — lost big in bypolls across 10 states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“Nitish Kumar is the face of the NDA in Bihar, that is why he is the chief minister. JD-U is the largest constituent of the coalition,” JD-U national general secretary Pavan Varma said after a meeting of top leaders at the chief minister’s home in Patna.
Since the by-poll setback, more than one ally has made it clear that the BJP is not in a position to play big brother anymore.
As parties prep for next year’s national election, the JDU is also angling for a bigger share of parliamentary seats to contest..
“Jab dil mil gaye (When hearts have connected), seats are no big deal. Who will contest how many seats in elections, all this will be decide after we sit together for our meeting,” senior Bihar BJP leader and deputy chief minister Sushil Modi said. (Agencies)

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