Patna: Cracks seem to be emerging in the 18-year-old Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance as Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi announced to play Most Backward Castes (MBC) card in next general elections.

Eyeing the core vote bank of JD (U), Modi in a party meeting announced that MBC candidate could also become the Prime Minister of India. The BJP is trying to pass on the message that the party is their well wisher and have given four chief ministers belonging to the community-Narendra Modi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh

It is also planning to capitalize on the popularity of these chief ministers by sending them for poll campaigns in the areas where the MBCs are predominant if the party splits with the JD (U). The party is also gearing up for contesting all the 40 seats in state in 2014 general elections.

The Mahadalit factor was instrumental in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led National Democratic Alliance’s return to power during Bihar Assembly polls in 2010.

Earlier on many occasions during the poll campaigns, Nitish Kumar avoided sharing dais with his Gujarat counterpart Modi fearing the erosion in his minority vote bank.


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