Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) on Thursday asserted that it was wanting ahead to contesting a considerable variety of seats within the West Bengal assembly elections, during which its ally BJP has excessive stakes. JD(U) nationwide basic secretary Ghulam Rasool Baliyavi mentioned the get together’s unit in West Bengal desires to contest at the very least 75 seats and the quantity might go up, topic to the approval of the management.
Elections to the 294-strong West Bengal assembly are seemingly to be held in just a few months and the BJP, which put up a surprising efficiency within the state in final yr’s Lok Sabha polls, is wanting to unseat the ruling Trinamool Congress, headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“We have contested assembly elections in West Bengal in the past. We would like to do so this time also. Our party has carried out massive membership drives in districts such as Malda, Murshidabad, Purulia and Bankura,” Baliyavi mentioned.
He mentioned the get together was hopeful of doing properly in locations which has a excessive proportion of individuals hailing from Bihar, and claimed that the nice governance of Nitish Kumar has created a buzz within the neighbouring state.
The JD(U) has been sustaining that its alliance with the BJP was confined to Bihar. The get together has fought in states like Karnataka and Gujarat with no tie-up with the BJP, which is in energy. In BJP-rule Arunachal Pradesh, the JD(U) is the primary opposition get together.
Similarly in Jharkhand, the place BJP misplaced energy final yr, the JD(U) had contested individually. However, the JD(U) fought the Delhi assembly polls earlier this yr in alliance with the BJP.
Replying to a question, Baliyavi mentioned, “I am of the opinion that the BJP should think in terms of taking Nitish Kumar along. If it chooses otherwise, then every party has the right to expand its own base.”
In the night, a celebration delegation from West Bengal met Nitish Kumar on the JD(U)’s state headquarters right here.
The chief minister, nevertheless, claimed the talks weren’t centred across the assembly polls within the neighbouring state.
“Our party’s national executive and national council meets are scheduled here next week. In this connection, delegates from various states have been coming to share their inputs. Those from Bengal were also here but there was nothing more to it as of now,” Kumar mentioned in reply to questions from reporters.
Bablu Mahto, one of many visiting delegates from West Bengal, mentioned the JD(U) unit there noticed itself as part of the NDA and would ideally like to contest, not simply the assembly polls however panchayat and municipal elections as properly, in alliance with the BJP although a last determination was to be taken by the nationwide management.