The JD(U) is a ruling party in two important State of the country, i.e. Bihar and Karnataka. It’s core committee which met here, preceding a proposed meeting of the National Democratic Alliance. Briefing the press, a senior party leader said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will be the face of the NDA in Bihar.
General secretary of Janta Dal S, KC Tyagi and Pavan Varma, poll strategist Prashant Kishor and some other leaders participated in the meeting which is seen as an important one in the political circle.
The core committee meeting is important in the sense the BJP-led NDA is getting readied to convene a meeting of its cadre in Bihar on June 7. To be attended by Kumar, the coalition partners of the Bihar Government will be discussing their strategy for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
General secretary, Pavan Varma told reporters that Kumar will remain the face of the NDA in Bihar because he is the chief minister and JD(U) is the largest constituent of the coalition.
Varma’s assertion is seen as very important because the JD(U), which has only two Lok Sabha members, might ask for a seat-sharing arrangement according to its tally in the Bihar assembly where it has about 70 MLAs whereas BJP has 50.
The NDA in Bihar has also accommodated Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party and Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samata Party into its fold.
The BJP had bagged 22 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014 general elections, whereas the JD(U) was not their coalition partner at that time.
The recent poor show by the BJP in a recent by-poll, its allies have started airing the need for better coordination within the NDA instead of an attitude of a big brother, being displayed by the coalition partner.
Varma said that the party had never given up the demand for a special status to the state. We will keep fighting for this right of the state is the Janta Dal’s commitment.