PATNA – The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) today decided not to be a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance outside Bihar. At its national executive meeting held at the official residence of JD-U chief Nitish Kumar here.
The party also decided to go it alone in the coming Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Haryana and Delhi.
The decision is being seen as Bihar Chief Minister’s response to the BJP after JD-U opted out of the new government at the Centre last month, as it was reportedly offered just one seat in Cabinet appointments.
The JD-U as the NDA ally won 16 of the 17 parliamentary seats it contested in Bihar.
The JD-U meeting today was chaired by Nitish and attended by state presidents and other leaders, including MPs and MLAs.
Sources said Nitish appealed to JD-U workers and leaders to strengthen the party outside Bihar and focus on its month-long drive to recruit fresh members.