JDU says no alliance with NDA outside Bihar, will continue to oppose Article 370

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Patna: he Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) Sunday announced that it will not be a part of the BJP-led NDA outside Bihar and will contest the upcoming assembly polls in four states on its own.

The decision was taken in order to expand the presence of the party and to attain the status of a national recognised party by 2020, party’s chief general secretary KC Tyagi told reporters here, after the JD(U)’s national executive meeting– chaired by party national president Nitish Kumar.

“The JD(U) is not a part of the NDA outside Bihar. We will fight assembly elections in four states on our own strength,” Tyagi, who was flanked by two JD(U) general secretaries, Pavan Verma and Sanjay Jha, told reporters here.

“We want to make the JD(U) a national party. The JD(U) is a recognised party in Bihar and Arunachal Pradesh,” added the veteran leader, who is also a minister in Nitish Kumar Cabinet.

“We will fight elections in four states of Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir with all our strengths and might. And it will be our endeavour to achieve the status of a national party by 2020,” Tyagi said further.

The party, however, is very much a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre and will also contest the Bihar assembly elections under the banner of the NDA in 2020, Tyagi added.

On the party’s stand on Article 370, uniform civil code and Ram Mandir, Tyagi said the outfit has already made its position clear on the issues which is in public domain.

“The JD(U)’s stand on Article 370 is well known that we are in favour of it. The party is also in favour of reforms such as uniform civil code but it (party) wants that all the stakeholders should be consulted before taking any final decision. The party chief had written a letter to the Law Commission chairman Justice B S Chauhan in this regard,” he said.

The party has always been of the view that the issue of Ram temple be either resolved through dialogue or court order, he said.

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