Hajipur, Jan16 : BJP president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah today categorically declared that NDA will remain united and it would contest the next Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar, dismissing all speculations on whether NDA will remain united in the state to face state electoral slated for October-November this year.
Mr Shah, while addressing a public meeting organised to create awareness on CAA, said that NDA would contest next Bihar Assembly elections unitedly under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and there should no doubt over the issue in any corner. He declared, Mr Kumar as face of NDA amid speculations in political circle whether it would remain united till next assembly elections in Bihar when Narendra Modi government was taking crucial decisions one after the other while CAA and NRC not only generated much heat in opposition parties but also in JD(U) itself, of which Mr Kumar is president.
The BJP president also cautioned RJD and other opposition parties not to make any attempt for denting the NDA, saying it would not yield any result. Nitish led NDA government had taken out Bihar from lantern era of jungle raj regime of RJD to LED era and rule of law had been established in the state, he pointed out. Growth rate of Bihar during RJD regime was only 3 per cent while it increased to 11 per cent under NDA regime in the state, he remarked. "During the RJD regime, fund meant for fodder was gulped down and fodder scam in Bihar had rocked the nation and several leaders of the then ruling party landed in jail", Mr Shah said adding that number of cattle had increased considerably in Bihar under the present dispensation in the state.
Speculations were rife in recent past over fate of NDA in Bihar as some BJP leaders including party MLC Sanjay Paswan had demanded change of NDA face of CM in next assembly elections in Bihar and suggested that a senior BJP leader should replace Mr Kumar. Similarly, JD(U) vice president and poll strategist Prashant Kishore had mooted the formula of 1:1.4 seat sharing among BJP and JD(U) for next assembly elections in Bihar, which had attracted sharp criticism from Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Chief Minister Mr Kumar had, however, tried to douse the flame saying, "All is well in NDA".
RJD vice president and former union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had also been extending invitations to Mr Kumar to join hands with RJD under the umbrella of Grand Alliance to defeat the BJP brand of politics in the state. He had also advocated for Maharashtra type experiments in Bihar where Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress joined hands to keep BJP away from power after state assembly elections there. (UNI)