Patna: Apparently not wanting to be left in the lurch if ally JD(U) decided to break the alliance, the state BJP unit is bracing itself to contest all 40 parliamentary seats in Bihar.

"Yes, we are preparing to contest all 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar in the next general elections after taking into account all possibilities, including the JD(U) deciding to sever ties with us at some stage," state unit BJP president CP Thakur said.

He, however, emphasized that the JD(U) breaking away from its alliance with the BJP was just a possibility and he was sure that the ally in Bihar would not do so.

Thakur justified the state unit BJP's decision, saying that if the alliance was to remain intact there could be last minute exchange of parliamentary constituencies between the two parties.

"We don't want to remain short in terms of preparation to contest from any parliamentary seats," he said.

Thakur, however, refused to divulge the details of presentation he had made at the BJP's national executive at Surajkund.

"It will not be fair for me to go public with whatever I said at the party forum," he said.

Another senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi too spoke on the same lines.

"By remaining organizationally strong in all assembly and parliamentary constituencies, we can help ally JD(U) too by putting behind support to candidates of allies," he said.

The relations between BJP and the JD(U) had vitiated in the last couple of months after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that his party would not take a minute to break ties with BJP if it projected the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

The leaders of the two alliance partners had engaged in a heated war of words casting aspersions on each other before the senior leadership of the two parties called for truce and gagged their leaders from making public statements against each other.


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