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JD (U) Bengal unit unhappy over Nitish joining hands with BJP in Bihar

The JD(U) has no elected representative in Bengal, but is popular among a section of Biharis living in Kolkata and adjoining districts.

kolkata Updated: Jul 28, 2017 17:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
Nitish Kumar,Janata Dal (United),Bihar
Nitish Kumar after winning the trust vote in the Bihar assembly in Patna on Friday. (AP Dube / HT Photo)

Nitish Kumar won the trust vote in the Bihar legislative assembly on Friday morning, but the West Bengal unit of his party, Janata Dal (United), said it was unhappy with his alliance with the BJP and said he had “betrayed the masses”.

Though the JD(U) has no elected representative in the Bengal assembly, it is popular among a section of Biharis living in Kolkata and adjoining districts.

JD(U) Bengal president Amitava Dutta said the reunion with the BJP was Kumar’s personal decision and JD (U) leaders in Bengal and other states were unhappy.

Dutta said Kumar not only “betrayed” the people of Bihar but also the JD(U) Bengal unit because in 2016, the party contested the assembly polls with support from the Congress, Left and the RJD.

“I contested from South Howrah constituency where the Congress, Left Front and RJD workers campaigned for me,” he said.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 17:17 IST