With Lalu back­ing, Ni­tish will lead charge in Bi­har

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BJP un­cer­tain on nam­ing CM can­di­date

New Delhi: Af­ter days of talks bro­kered by Sa­ma­jwadi Party leader Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav, the Janata Pari­var fi­nally an­nounced that Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar will lead the as­sem­bly battle in Bi­har with the sup­port of foe-turned-friend Lalu Prasad. In wake of Ni­tish Ku­mar’s an­nounce­ment as the chief min­is­te­rial can­di­date of JD-U-RJDCongress com­bine for the up­com­ing Bi­har as­sem­bly polls, the BJP is a dilemma whether it should also an­nounce its can­di­date for the top post or bank on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s pop­u­lar­ity. BJP’s poll de­ba­cle in Delhi has sent the lead­er­ship guess­ing whether to bank on Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s im­age or to go with a popular face from the state only. Since the BJP’s state unit lead­er­ship does not have any match to the stature of Chief Min­is­ter Ni­tish Ku­mar, the cen­tral lead­er­ship is in a bind over the is­sue.

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