Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United (JDU) has decided to oppose Modi government’s move to revoke Article 370, 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. The announcement was made by JDU Rajya Sabha MP Ram Nath Thakur.
Reiterating JD(U)’s stand on Article 370, Senior JD(U) leader, KC Tyagi earlier said, “Our chief Nitish Kumar is carrying forward the tradition of JP Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia & George Fernandes. So our party is not supporting the Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha today. We have different thinking. We want that Article 370 should not be revoked.”
Moreover, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) extended support to Narendra Modi govt's move to revoke Article 370, 35A in Jammu and Kashmir. BSP’s MP Satish made the announcement in Rajya Sabha.
Govt’s move has garnered support from BJD and Shiv Sena. Extending support to scrap Article 370 and Article 35A, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut said, “Today, we have taken Kashmir. It will be PoK and Balochistan tomorrow.”
Earlier, JD(U) which is crucial ally of the BJP in Bihar and also part of NDA at the Centre, decided to go solo in Jharkhand Assembly elections. A go-ahead to the party's Jharkhand unit to contest the Assembly polls on its own was given by Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief Nitish Kumar. The decision in this regard was made after a team of Jharkhand JDU leaders recently met Nitish Kumar at his official residence. The party has decided to field candidates on all 81 Assembly seats of the state.