Congress, JD(U) alliance confined to Bihar: Congress

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New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) The Congress on Monday made it clear that its alliance with Janata Dal-United (JD-U) of Nitish Kumar is just limited to Bihar.

The statement held significance as it came two days after Bihar chief minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief’s clarion call for unity among all like-minded parties against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I don’t think that he (Nitish) has said that since we are together in Bihar, we are coming to an alliance for the entire country. We hold alliance with them specifically for Bihar,” Congress General Secretary Shaqeel Ahmad told reporters here.

“We are in alliance with Nitish Kumr and Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar. We are in alliance in Kerala with other Kerala-based parties. So, the alliances are happening everywhere but alliances happen according to the circumstances of a particular State,a¿ he added.

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Though Ahmad advocated for the unity among all non-BJP parties, he insisted the clearer picture for the Centre in the wake of 2019 general elections was yet to emerge.

“We are 100 percent for the unity. Some parties have very strong presence in one particular state and they hardly have any presence in the neighbouring states,” he said, insisting pan India tie up with such parties is not so easy.

Nitish Kumar on Saturday urged all the like-minded parties to unite against the BJP for 2019 general elections, saying the need of the hour was a “Sangh-mukt” (Rashtriya Syamsewak Sangh-free) India.

“It is high time. All non-BJP parties and all others opposed to the RSS should unite across the country. Our main aim is to stop the BJP,” he said.

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