BJP, JD-U iron out differences, to contest jointly in J'khand



New Delhi: After some initial differences over seat-sharing for Assembly elections in Jharkhand, the BJP and JD(U) on Thursday reached an understanding on contesting the polls together with JD(U) likely to contest 14 of the 81 seats.

"JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and I held a meeting today to discuss the possibility of an alliance in Jharkhand. It has been decided that JD(U) will contest 14 seats," BJP Vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told a news agency.

JD(U) had yesterday announced nominees for 19 seats, a day after BJP declared its first list of 58 candidates, and JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav had said seat sharing talks with BJP for the polls have broken down.

Naqvi said the two NDA allies will campaign jointly.

The formal announcement of the finalisation of the seat sharing arrangement is likely to be made by BJP President Rajnath Singh in presence of Yadav.

Bureau Report