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BJP leader Punj downplays JD (U) plans to contest Gujarat polls

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Balbir Punj on Monday refused to comment on the plans of the Janata Dal (United) to contest the Gujarat assembly polls, saying any problem that arises between the two political outfits would be sorted out after due consultations and not through the media.

Punj said the Janata Dal (United) is a valued ally of the BJP.

“JD (U) is our valued ally and if we have any problem we will sit across the table and discuss with them. We don’t deal with our allies through the media,” he said.

According to reports, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to campaign in the run-up to the Gujarat Assembly elections for his party, the Janata Dal (United).

The Gujarat unit of the JD (U) plans to contest around 100 seats out of the 182 in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Many speculate it to be a direct confrontation between Kumar and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who have so far been involved in a long running war of words over the future Prime Minister of the country in case the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) returns to power at the Centre in 2014. (ANI)