Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, distanced himself from reports about his party demanding 25 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats.
Nitish said in next general elections seat-sharing will be discussed and decided within the NDA when elections come and “there is no discontent” in the ruling alliance.
Kumar sought to put the blame on political leaders trying to seek “publicity” by making out of turn statements in newspapers, TV channels and on social media.
“You can see all of us working together. There is no discontent. The problem is, today newspapers have more pages than before, news channels run 24X7 and then there is social media where anybody can say anything without worrying about backing a claim with facts,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, the JD(U) leader also sought to distance himself from assertions by some leaders that his party be acknowledged as “big brother” in the coalition comprising BJP, LJP and RLSP within the state.
“When elections come, all things, seat-sharing included, will be discussed and decided. This is not the time. Though some people may go on issuing statements for publicity, these have no substance (inmein koi dam nahin hai),” Kumar said.
He was speaking on the sidelines of Lok Samvad, a public interaction programme where common people of the state are given an opportunity to come up with suggestions for improving governance.
The chief minister, who returned to the BJP-led coalition in 2017 after leaving the Grand Alliance comprising RJD and Congress as part of which he had fought and won the 2015 assembly polls, was responding to the political controversy that had erupted last week after some JD(U) leaders demanded Nitish being made “face” of the NDA in Bihar.tion was also seen by some as a tactical position for getting a lion’s share in the seat-sharing arrangement. This prompted another alliance partner RLSP to say that the next Lok Sabha elections as well as the state Assembly polls should be fought under the leadership of its chief Upendra Kushwaha, who is also a Union minister.