Nitish may campaign in Gujarat

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 00:11

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar may campaign in Gujarat for the Lok Sabha elections, a JD-U leader said Tuesday, in what may increase the possibility of a face-off with his bete noire Narendra Modi.

Janata Dal-United spokesperson K.C. Tyagi told IANS that the possibility of Nitish Kumar campaigning in Gujarat was being discussed within the party.

"The plan will be finalised in a day or two. At the moment, I can neither confirm nor deny whether it will work out," he said.

Tyagi, however, said party chief Sharad Yadav will campaign in Gujarat, and the JD-U was likely to contest 10 of the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

JD-U sources said Nitish Kumar had planned to campaign in Gujarat during the 2012 assembly elections but pulled out at the last minute.

With the JD-U having severed ties with the National Democratic Alliance over Modi`s elevation in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Nitish Kumar does not have any constraint of coalition niceties, the sources said.
Modi, who is the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate, and Nitish Kumar have taken repeated digs at each other ever since the JD-U came out of NDA.

Modi is contesting the Lok Sabha polls from Vadodara in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

IANS

First Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 00:11
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