Friday, April 19, 2013

No break with JD (U) now, Rajnath tells Bihar BJP

New Delhi: In a meeting with members of the Bihar unit of the party, BJP president Rajnath Singh said that no “attempt will be made to weaken the alliance with JD (U)”. He said that the alliance was in the interest of the state and it is directed against the Congress, and the BJP would work to strengthen the NDA. This is a clear indication that the BJP central leadership is aware of the fact that a break with JD (U) at this juncture will strengthen the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Janshakti Party (LNJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan. Apparently, the Bihar party members were not happy with the aggressive posture adopted by chief minister Nitish Kumar. They have however authorised the central leadership to take the decision about whether to go it alone or continue with the alliance. Rajnath told the members to strengthen the organisation (BJP's) in the state. The BJP and the JD (U) will then wait for the other party to make the first move. The JD (U) would consider quitting the alliance if Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi were to be declared the prime ministerial candidate. If the BJP does not announce the name till after the election, then the alliance will go into the post-election period. The JD (U) wants the BJP to name its PM candidate by the end of December. Rajnath Singh through his remarks is indicating that the BJP would not be pushed into taking a decision about the PM issue. Meanwhile former party president Nitin Gadkari has issued the clarification that no assurance was given to Nitish Kumar that Modi will not be named PM candidate. He said in a statement that the party had issued on Thursday that at a meeting with Nitish held at the house leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley in July 2012 the Bihar chief minister was told that there will be consultations with the NDA about the issue and that the BJP has not taken any decision in the matter.

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