The Janata Dal United (JDU) on Wednesday affirmed that there alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will be there till 2025 and the difference of opinion on the presidential nominee between the two parties will not affect their relationship.
“The grand alliance will be there in Bihar till 2025. There is no rift in the party. Our alliance in Bihar is strong, we have different views over presidential poll, but it has nothing to do with the alliance or the government,” JD (U) leader K.C. Tyagi told.
Rift is being speculated in the grand alliance after RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, while backing the Opposition’s presidential nominee Meira Kumar, said that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made a ‘ iconic mistake’ by extending his support to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
Meanwhile Nitish, being firm on his stand to back Kovind, said ‘Bihar ki beti’ Meira has been nominated as the Presidential candidate by the opposition “only to lose”.
Meira, the former Lok Sabha speaker, earlier in the day filed the nomination in the Parliament House in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other senior opposition leaders.
Ram Nath Kovind had filed his nomination on June 23.
The election for the next President of India is slated to be held on July 17 as President Pranab Mukherjee will demit the office on July 24.