BJP snubs Nitish, says 'will contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar

      In a direct snub to its coalition partner Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced that it would contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. "We have not decided. We are preparing. There is difference between the two. We are preparing. If need be, we can contest all 40 (parliamentary) seats, though there is no problem (in the alliance)," said Bihar BJP President CP Thakur.

"There is no certainty in politics. Life is not certain so how could politics be certain. Politics is the name of change," he added. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, however, played down the BJP's statement, saying his party would be able to help the alliance partner only if his party was strong. "We will be able to help our alliance partner only if our party is strong. We are preparing on all 40 seats, and then only we can help our coalition partner the Janata Dal-United (JD-U). This is what he meant and we should not draw any other conclusion," said Modi.

Meanwhile, Janata Dal-United spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari hinted that both the parties might contest the Lok Sabha polls separately due to some unforeseen reasons. "He himself explained that there is no problem between the alliance and coalition government. We also believe that there is no problem. Due to some unforeseen reasons, it might be that we could contest Lok Sabha polls separately. Both of us would have to be ready. This is what wisdom is. Who could predict what would happen in future," said Tiwari.

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