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BJP open for tie-up in Bihar: Amit Shah


Amit Shah

New Delhi: With Bihar going to poll later this year, BJP President Amit Shah today said the party has not yet taken a decision on forging an alliance with non-NDA parties in the politically-crucial state and that all options are open before it. “No decision has been taken on an alliance with any party in Bihar. As of now we have our allies in NDA. As far as tying up with others is concerned, we have not decided yet. All our options are open,” Shah said when asked if BJP would ally with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s outfit to take on the united ‘Janata Parivar’.

Manjhi, a Mahadalit leader, has recently formed a political front called ‘Hindustan Awaam Morcha’ after he stepped down from the post of chief minister following a bitter feud with the JDU leadership, particularly Nitish Kumar.

On his plan to hold a dharna over the drug menace in the SAD-BJP ruled Punjab, Shah said he has not dropped his plan and that it has only been “rescheduled”. “I have only rescheduled it. Instead of a dharna, I intend to take out a yatra to highlight the drug menace. I will announce my plans after some time,” he said.

Asked about Congress’ repeated attacks on his party, he said the opposition party has lost in every elections held recently and its tally has remained between zero and single digit figure. “The elections in Bihar are nearing, we will see how it fares there,” he said.