New Delhi/Patna: At a time, when the BJP has put in all possible efforts to save ties with its one of the most trusted allies, Janata Dal-United, the Sharad Yadav-led party still seems to be keen on parting ways with NDA.
The idea of third front also got a new supporter in Samajwadi Party, with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav welcoming formation of a non-Congress and non-BJP alliance. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on Thursday said that he is in touch with Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Orissa. "Mamata Banerjee had talked to me on the phone and her view is that Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand have some common problems and we should think about them together," Kumar said.

"If all of us together understand these problems and form a common front it would be good,” he had said.

Top BJP leaders including LK Advani, Rajnath Singh and MM Joshi spoke to Nitish Kumar and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav in a bid to convince them not to take any precipitate action. Former party president Nitin Gadkari and senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi met Yadav in New Delhi on Thursday to discuss the matter.
"The alliance will continue. We are trying to ensure that it continues. We do not want to part ways," Rajnath Singh said.
While echoing similar views, party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said that elevation of Modi is ‘entirely the business’ of BJP.


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