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Nitish rules out parting with BJP

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | March 29, 2005 17:34 IST
Last Updated: March 29, 2005 19:36 IST

The Janata Dal-United will not break its ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar and will start fresh efforts to end a month-long deadlock in forming a government in the state, senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar said on Tuesday.

Nitish Kumar asked parties opposed to Rashtriya Janata Dal, including the Lok Janshakti Party, to be flexible on the issue of forming a popular government in Bihar.

The recent assembly elections in Bihar resulted in a hung House. The JD-U secured 55 seats and the BJP 37. The LJP has 29 seats in the 243-member house.

As no party or coalition was in a position to form government, President's rule was imposed on the state.

Nitish, however, said President's rule is not a "panacea" for solving people's problems.

"The election has given us a golden opportunity to get rid of the 15-year RJD misrule. All anti-Lalu Prasad Yadav forces should come together to form a popular government," Kumar said.

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He was speaking at a three-day brainstorming session of the JD-U at Rajgir.

The JD-U will play "a positive role" in the formation of an anti-RJD government, he said.

"Without flexibility, a government minus the RJD will be impossible. We should not be rigid in our stand. It is in the interest of the people of Bihar," he said, apparently referring to LJP president Ramvilas Paswan's inflexibility in taking even outside support from the BJP to form a government.

On his party's ties with the BJP, he said: "We share an old bond of friendship."

With PTI inputs

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