Nitish downplays absence of JD(U)-BJP tie-up

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said it was not necessary for the parties to fight assembly polls together in other states.

Updated: Jan 30, 2012, 23:35 PM IST

Gopalganj: Seeking to downplay
the absence of pre-poll tie-up between Bihar allies JD(U) and
BJP for the UP election, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday
said it was not necessary for the parties to fight assembly
polls together in other states.

"It is not always necessary for the BJP and the JD(U)
to contest all assembly polls together," Kumar, also a senior
JD(U) leader, told reporters.

He was replying to a question before flying to the
assembly poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to campaign for the JD(U)
candidates.

The JD(U) and BJP could not reach a pre-poll tie up in
Uttar Pradesh and hence the two parties were contesting on
their own, Kumar said.

On the speculation that absence of pre-poll alliance
in UP could strain the relation between the ruling parties in
Bihar, the chief minister said the two parties have strong
ties for a long time and been part of the NDA since 1996.

"In Bihar too, the JD(U) and BJP have been running a
coalition government for second successive term," he said, but
added that it (good relations) did not mean that the two
parties should have alliance in the other states.

PTI