New Delhi, July 8: Janata Dal (United) on Sunday made its stand clear on joining the grand alliance ahead of the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. Addressing a press conference, after the national executive meeting in national capital, party’s general secretary, KC Tyagi said,”Until and unless Congress clears its stand on a corrupt party like Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), we don’t know how to communicate with them any further.”Also Read - 'Thappad se Darr Nahi Lagta', Uddhav Thackeray on BJP MLC’s Remark Against Shiv Sena Bhavan
He also rubbished media reports that JD(U) is helping BJP in the upcoming state Assembly elections. “We will contest election on its own in selected seats in Manipur, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Some media reports say we are helping BJP but we are neither supporting them nor opposing them, we are not helping them,” Tyagi asserted. (Also Read: JD(U), BJP Alliance to Remain Intact For 2019 Lok Sabha Elections) Also Read - Babul Supriyo Says Won't Join Any Party After Exit From BJP; Edits it Out Later
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When asked about the original faction of JD(U), Tyagi said that there is only one Janata Dal (United) which is led by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. “All these discussions on which faction of JD(U) is the original one and which is not must end. There is only one Janata Dal (United) which is led by Nitish Ji,” Tyagi clearly stated.
On being asked about the simultaneous elections, Tyagi said that the party is in favour of one nation one poll but that can not be conducted easily. “However we cannot oppose it as it a step towards less expensive election, curbing black money & better governance,” Tyagi added.
Earlier in the day, the Janata Dal (United) announced that the alliance between the party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will remain intact for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. The decision was taken during the party’s national executive meeting.