Will not compromise with principles, alliance with BJP to continue: Nitish Kumar

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday cleared that his party, Janata Dal (United) (JDU), will never compromise on its principles, adding that there was no hostility with the BJP over his party not joining the government at the Centre.

Kumar, at a press conference in Patna, said, “We will never compromise with our core values and principles, during or before elections. Our focus is on developing Bihar. We are focused on helping the nation through developing our state. After elections the pace of work will increase as many leaders who were engaged in campaigning during elections will resume work.”

On being asked about the status of the coalition with BJP, the Bihar chief minister said though JDU was not in the government in the Centre. Yet there was no bad blood between the two partners and the support for the state will continue unhindered.

“Bihar’s interests will be protected. We have already talked about this. Our not getting a seat (at the Centre) will not hamper the process to bring the state out of backwardness. We have already finalized many projects for the state with BJP. The NITI Aayog meeting will be held in a few days where we will further put forth our demands for the benefit of the state,” he said.

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Earlier on Sunday, the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal (United) announced that it will not be a part of the BJP-led NDA outside Bihar and will contest the upcoming assembly polls in four states on its own.

Party’s chief general secretary, KC Tyagi, said that the decision was taken in order to expand the presence of the party and to attain the status of a national recognised party by 2020. This announcement comes on the heels of a JD(U)’s national executive meeting – chaired by party national president Nitish Kumar.

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