Chirag Paswan attends NDA meeting; says “not part of any alliance for Bihar elections”

Image source: PTI Not with NDA or any alliance, says Chirag Paswan

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  • We will contest Bihar elections in an alliance, says Chirag Paswan
  • However, he clarified that his party was not part of any alliance at the moment.
  • Who I will forge an alliance with will not be announced until before the election, Paswan said

Chirag Paswan, who attended the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting on Sunday, said he was not part of the NDA or any alliance. Lok Janshakti (LJP) party leader said the party supports NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu.

“The NDA meeting was held to discuss the presidential elections. Lok Janshakti (Ram Vilas) party supported NDA candidate Droupadi Murmu. Lok Janshakti (Ram Vilas) party has always worked to bring the poor, backwards, tribals and dalits to the general public”. Paswan told the media after the meeting.

Asked about his future course of action, Paswan said: “We will contest the Bihar elections in an alliance but currently I am not in any alliance. Today I am neither with the NDA nor with the UPA or no Maha Gathbandhan. Who I will forge an alliance with will only be announced before the elections.”

Other people present at the NDA meeting

Meanwhile, Union Minister Ram Das Athawale, who also attended the NDA meeting, said: “It is good that the Congress Party has given the ticket to Margaret Alva for the vice -presidency. She is a leader of the Congress Party. Despite everything, the NDA has a majority and giving a ticket to Margaret Alva is not a solution for the Congress. The NDA presidential candidate, Jagdeep Dhankhar, will win.

Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat said there was no chance of the opposition candidate winning the vice-presidential election as the NDA enjoys a majority.

“We have a majority and there is no chance for any other candidate (to win). It would have been better if the opposition had conducted the election unopposed,” Shekhawat said.

The Congress-led opposition has lined up former Union minister Yashwant Sinha against Draupadi Murmu for the July 18 presidential election.

Counting will resume on July 21. President Ram Nath Kovind’s term will end on July 24.

Murmu is a former governor of Jharkhand and a former minister of Odisha. If elected, she will be India’s first tribal president and the country’s second female president.

Voting for India’s next president will begin on July 18 while counting will take place on July 21.

The BJP on Saturday announced the name of former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as the NDA’s candidate for the vice-presidential election. Dhankhar, who resigned as governor of West Bengal on Sunday, will file his nomination on Monday.

Meanwhile, Chief Congress Leader and former Union Minister Margaret Alva has been nominated as the joint opposition candidate for the August 6 vice-presidential election.

Alva will file her candidacy on Tuesday.

(With ANI entries)

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