Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday strengthened the possibility of his party’s split with BJP by saying that it is difficult to continue the alliance in present scenario. (JPN/Agencies)
Speaking to media at Patna, Nitish said, “Present situation is not good for continuing the alliance with BJP.”
Kumar returned to Patna from his Seva Yatra on Friday afternoon to attend a crucial meeting with senior JD-U leaders and party legislators.
Meanwhile, Bihar BJP ministers did not attend their offices on Thursday. Deputy CM Modi has also stopped discharging his official functions and will not do so till the stalemate continues.
There are 11 BJP ministers in Nitish Kumar's cabinet, including Sushil Kumar Modi who also holds the finance portfolio.
Shiv Sena cautions JD-U
With JD-U reportedly looking to walk out of the NDA, Shiv Sena on Thursday sounded a note of caution for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, saying BJP was like ‘oxygen’ to his government, which could land in ‘ICU’ in the event of a split.
"BJP is like oxygen to the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar as it is for Shiromani Akali Dal government in Punjab," Sena, the BJP's oldest ally, said in party mouthpiece "Saamana".
Underlining the importance of Hindu votes, the editorial said, "Give respect to earn respect. Just like Muslim votes, Hindu votes can also prove to be decisive and this has been illustrated by the Maharajganj Lok Sabha by-poll results."
There were reports suggesting that BJP workers did not actively back JD-U nominee in Maharajganj leading to his defeat despite a high-profile campaign launched by Nitish Kumar for his confidante and Bihar's Human Resource Minister PK Shahi.
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday strengthened the possibility of his party’s split with BJP by saying that it is difficult to continue the alliance in present scenario.