Patna: Seeking to put a full stop on speculations if ties between JD-U and BJP were under strain after recent bickering, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the alliance was working well and will continue to do so in future.

"We work together in coordination and mutual agreement," Kumar told reporters after filing of nominations by two JD-U and one BJP candidates for the three seats of Bihar Legislative Council. "Seat-sharing agreement among partners for the Council elections has strengthened the alliance and we will work together for the welfare of people of Bihar in future too," Kumar, flanked by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, said.

The CM's assertion is important in view of speculations if ties between the two old NDA partners was under strain after JD(U) conclave in Delhi in which some hard-hitting comments of the leaders was construed as aimed at BJP Prime Ministerial probable Narendra Modi which was not liked by party leaders.

BJP minister and state NDA convener, Nand Kishore Yadav also told reporters that there was perfect understanding between NDA alliance partners. While former minister Manzar Alam and Rajkishore Singh Kushwaha filed nominations from JD-U, from BJP papers were submitted by Vivek Thakur, son of party national vice president and former union minister CP Thakur.

The three seats of the Council have fallen vacant following deaths of JD-U Ramashray Prasad Singh and RJD's Badshah Prasad Azad and Ramchandra Prasad. With 118 MLAs of JD-U and 91 of BJP in the 243-member Bihar Assembly, the three NDA nominees are all set to romp home easily. The RJD of Lalu Prasad which has been decimated in the assembly and Parliamentary elections is likely to lose its two legislators in the council.

(Agencies)

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