Differences in Bihar NDA to be sorted out

Differences in Bihar NDA to be sorted out
Patna, July 8 (PTI) The NDA today sought to downplay differences that have cropped up between the BJP and JD-U over sparing seats to accommodate rebel LJP MLAs of the dissolved Bihar assembly who recently joined the JD (U) and asserted that the issue would be sorted out "amicably".

"Senior leaders of the two parties will sit together and amicably resolve the issue," state NDA convenor Nandkishore Yadav told reporters.

"We are aware of the development arising out of the rebel LJP MLAs joining JD(U) but we will not give our rivals a chance to score over us," he said, adding the NDA constituents will put up a united show in the assembly elections.

Differences surfaced in the NDA in Bihar yesterday, a day after rebel LJP MLAs of the dissolved assembly joined JD(U), with the BJP declaring it was not prepared to spare any of the 105 seats the saffron party had contested in the last assembly elections under seat-sharing arrangement with its ally.

"We are not prepared to part with any of the 105 seats we contested last time and have already decided the names of our nominees for some seats for which the JD(U) is planning to nominate former LJP MLAs who joined them yesterday," state BJP general secretary Giriraj Singh and vice president Ramdeo Yadav had said.

16 LJP MLAs of the dissolved assembly, who broke away from their leader Ram Vilas Paswan and pitched in for Nitish Kumar as chief minister, had joined the party on Thursday.

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