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Another volte-face: After initial support, Nitish leaves lonely Saryu in lurch

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has announced not to campaign for the party candidates contesting assembly elections in Jharkhand.

“Hamare Jharkhand jane ki koi aavshyakta nahin hai (I am not needed in Jharkhand),” Nitish Kumar was quoted as telling the media by TV news channel on Wednesday.

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The declaration assumes much political significance as barely a day ago, at least two JD-U leaders had claimed the chief minister would campaign for the rebel BJP leader Saryu Rai who is contesting elections against Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das from Jamshedpur East seat.

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The statements had come shortly after Rai said he was denied BJP ticket probably because of his closeness with Nitish Kumar.

Kumar’s move to avoid his visit to Jharkhand has also raised questions about his party, JD-U’s seriousness to contest elections in Jharkhand.

The JD-U is contesting elections alone in Jharkhand this time again. It had failed to open its account in 2014 assembly elections too when it had contested elections alone.

The chief minister has taken this decision apparently keeping in view his relations with the BJP which is his alliance partner in Bihar, say political observers.

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