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Lok Sabha elections 2024: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar denies plans to contest from Uttar Pradesh

On Sunday, JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh had hinted that Kumar may contest the next parliamentary elections from Uttar Pradesh as he was offered to contest not only from Phoolpur, but also Ambedkar Nagar and Mirzapur.

Lok Sabha elections 2024: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar denies plans to contest from Uttar Pradesh AJR
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First Published Sep 20, 2022, 8:51 PM IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday cleared the rumours surrounding his plans to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2024 from Uttar Pradesh, brushing them aside as "bekar baat".

Speculations were rife for the past few days that the Bihar Chief Minister, who is trying to unite opposition parties ahead of the next general elections, may contest the polls from Phoolpur, Uttar Pradesh. Several Janata Dal (United) workers from the Allahabad town expressed wishes that Kumar contest from the constituency.

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Nitish Kumar, while speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a function on Tuesday, said, "I am surprised. There is nothing like this. Bekar baat hai. My only interest is to unite as many parties as possible before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. That will be a big achievement. I am only interested in working for that."

Prompting that he wants to promote the newer generation, pointing at Tejashwi Yadav by his side, Kumar said some party workers may have expressed their sentiments but he has not chosen his seat yet.

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"There is no choice (of seat) for myself. All choices are for the country...that all get united. We need to fight unitedly to protect the country... The purpose of unity is to maintain social harmony, which is regularly being attacked [these days]," he said.

On Sunday, JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh had hinted that Kumar may contest the next parliamentary elections from Uttar Pradesh as he was offered to contest not only from Phoolpur, but also Ambedkar Nagar and Mirzapur.

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"There is nothing to accept or deny. Whether Nitish Kumar will contest Lok Sabha elections or not will be decided only at the right time, but he has been offered to fight from Ambedkar Nagar and Mirzapur also. It is the result of his mission to unite the opposition parties that party workers are demanding he should contest elections from Uttar Pradesh," Singh said.

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