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Bihar: BJP to rally behind Nitish

April 02, 2005 15:57 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said it will support Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar's bid to cobble together a majority to form a government in Bihar.

No party or coalition had the numbers to form a government in Bihar after the February assembly election and President's rule was imposed in the state on March 7.

"The National Democratic Alliance has authorised Nitishji to carry forward the dialogue for installation of a non-Rashtriya Janata Dal government. The BJP will fully support Kumar, whom the NDA had projected as chief ministerial candidate during the elections," party's national vice president Sushil Kumar Modi said.

Modi said the BJP was keeping "a close watch" on the developments in Bihar.

"The state executive of the party will also meet here on April 9 to review the political situation," he said.

On Lok Janshakti Party president Ramvilas Paswan's statement in Ranchi on Friday asking the JD-U to sever its ties with the BJP before LJP could consider BJP's outside support, Modi said: "Paswan's statement was a sign of his flexibility. We expect more flexibility from Paswan in days to come. That will pave the way for installation of a stable and effective government [in Bihar]," he said.


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