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No rift between JD (U), BJP in Jharkhand: Nitish, Sharad

Senior JD (U) leaders Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav on Thursday asserted that there was no rift between the BJP and the JD (U) in Jharkhand despite failure in seat adjustment in the state.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Medininagar (jharkhand)
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2004 04:50 PM IST

Senior JD (U) leaders Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav on Thursday asserted that there was no rift between the BJP and the JD (U) in Jharkhand despite failure in seat adjustment in the state and in the event of party nominees winning seats, the party would lend its support to the Vajpayee-led coalition.

Expressing hope that once polls were over, things would be all right, the two leaders told an election meeting here "there is no difference between BJP and JD (U) candidates".

The meeting was arranged to garner support for Radha Krishna Kishore, who is contesting from Palamu constituency on JD (U) ticket against BJP's Braj Mohan Ram (MP in the dissolved Lok Sabha).

Besides Palamu, the JD (U) has also fielded its nominees at Chatra, Ranchi, Godda and Giridih after the BJP's state unit rejected JD (U)'s request for allotting at least one seat.

"The two parties have adjustments everywhere, except Jharkhand. Had the BJP accepted our request for Koderma seat, the party would not have fielded candidates anywhere," Yadav said, blaming the failure in seat sharing to BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

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