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Dikshit hints at Nitish dumping NDA for UPA

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May 04, 2009 at 01:39am IST

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit on Sunday hinted that the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) may join the Congress after the elections.

"Nitish Kumar has hinted that he may join the UPA but I have no idea if he will act on it or not. He will also wait to see which way the poll results go," said Sheila Dikhsit in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN.

"There is a talk going on with Nitish Kumar but at what level and on what scale is lost on me because I am not a part of the negotiations," Dikshit added.

There are speculations in the political circle that JD(U) may sever links with BJP and join UPA after the elections.

However, refuting the speculation, BJP Spokesman Prakash Javadekar said, "It is a democracy and there are no restrictions on anyone dreaming in broad daylight. Anyone can imagine bizarre things and Sheila Dikshit better not count on Nitish breaking away from the NDA and joining UPA. She better watch out how many from their folds will instead align with the BJP-led NDA government after the counting day.”

Javadekar reiterated that JD(U) has seconded no such proposal and have instead sworn to back LK Advani as the prime minister if NDA comes to power.

Meanwhile, National Spokesperson for JD(U), Shivanand Tiwari, too, denied the claims made by Dikshit.

"There has been no such move contemplated by the JD(U). Nitish Kumar is with the NDA and we are committed to the idea that we will back LK Advani to be PM after NDA wins majority,” Tiwari said.

“Also, we consider Congress as much a culprit in the miseries of Bihar as Lalu. At the behest of Lalu Prasad, the Congress multiplied the miseries of the people by not helping in the hour of need which was during the Kosi floods. It was nothing short of a tsunami for our people and we hold it against the Congress for not sending help to our 40 month-old-state-government," Tiwari added.

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