By Dheeraj Kumar
Patna: A day after much-hyped NDA`s Sankalp Rally which at the end evoked only a tepid response, JD (U) toughened its stand on Article 370 of the constitution providing special status to Jammu and Kashmir and also opposed any move to interfere with the Article 35 A.
Article 35A is a provision incorporated in the Constitution giving Jammu and Kashmir Legislature a carte blanche to decide who all are ‘permanent residents’ of the State and confer on them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property in the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare.
A resolution was passed in JD (U) national executive asserting that any interference with Articles 370 and 35 A could pose danger to the unity and integrity of the country.
After JD (U)’s national executive meeting under the leadership of Chief Minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar here, JD (U) general secretary K C Tyagi told newspersons at the state party headquarters, “Our stand on these issues are clear”, giving a clear signal to BJP on these counts.
Tyagi said ‘Ram Janambhoomi issue’ is once again raked up of late finding it not proper. He said that the issue should be settled either through a consensus or a judicial verdict.
JD (U) leader said a three member committee had been constituted to take a final decision whether JD (U) should contest election outside Bihar in upcoming Lok Sabha election.
JD (U) is apparently in a mood to contest Lok Sabha election outside Bihar to acquire status of national party.
Samata Party, former avatar of JD (U) was accorded the status of national party and so it was necessary for JD (U) to contest election outside Bihar to acquire the status of national party, Mr Tyagi said.
He said that his party`s alliance with BJP was confined to Bihar and so his party was independent to contest elections in other states. He said JD (U) was also independent of any binding on the issue of its principles and was free to formulate its principles even if they might differ with those of NDA`s other allies.
NDA`s allies have already distributed all 40 Lok Sabha seats for the upcoming election and under the seat sharing formula, BJP and JD (U) will contest 17 seats each and LJP will field its candidates on remaining six seats. The NDA`s allies, however, have yet to identify seats on which they intend to field candidates.