Patna: Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party State Chief CP Thakur, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav said the leading allies of Bihar have already parted ways, though the official announcement hasn’t been made. (JPN/Bureau)
He sarcastically questioned as to why the BJP and the JD-U are planning to contest all 40 seats in the 2014 general elections?
CP Thakur however, expressed confidence that JD-U will not walk out of the alliance, which runs a coalition government in the state. "We are preparing to contest all the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar in the next general elections after taking into account all possibilities, including the JD-U deciding to sever ties with us at some stage," said Thakur.
He, however, also emphasised that the JD-U breaking away from the BJP was 'just a possibility' and he was sure that the ally in the state would not break away. Meanwhile, party spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari was quick to comment that if time demands JD-U would contest the Lok Sabha elections alone.
Thakur believes that NDA governance in the state is possibly the best. In the last polls, JD-U had won 20 seats and BJP 12 under a tie up. Considering the time left for the Lok Sabha elections both BJP and JD-U are trying to maximise their grip over their stronghold constituencies. Also, the allotment of seats has not been done yet.
Notably, relations between BJP and the JD-U have witnessed strains in last couple of months after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that it would not take a minute for his party to break ties with its ally if it projected Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.
The ‘positive’ Sushil Kumar Modi
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has deemed that BJP has to strengthen its party candidature to support ally JD-U in the forthcoming polls. The coalition between JD-U and BJP will continue as the leading party of Bihar. Each party has its own way of pre-poll preparations and it should be taken in a positive manner.
Patna: Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party State Chief CP Thakur, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav said the leading allies of Bihar have already parted ways, though the official announcement hasn’t been made.