New Delhi: NDA’s second largest constituent Janata Dal-United, which had asked the BJP to announce the name of prime ministerial candidate at the earliest, has now toned down its voice and given some more time to  the saffron party over the issue. This comes ahead of JD-U national executive meet in New Delhi.

Notably, the growing demand for projecting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has caused the JD-U much discomfort.

Until recently it seemed that JD-U was at the brink of parting its ways with the NDA. Gesturing strong reservations on the name of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as NDA’s PM candidate, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s party, mounting tremendous pressure on the BJP for early announcement of PM nominee, had categorically expressed that the party would accept a person for the post with impeccable secular credentials.

The national executive council meet of JD-U began on Saturday in national Capital. Party sources said that several issues are on agenda for discussion including the future alliance with the BJP-led NDA.

The meeting will be addressed by senior JD-U leaders, including party president Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. "The meeting of JD-U has begun. There will be several issues which will come up for discussion," party sources said.

Asked whether the candidature of Modi for Prime Minister’s post would come up in the meeting, the source said, "I can't say much, let's see what happens in the meeting." Party sources had earlier said the JD-U could decide to part ways with the NDA if Modi is projected as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

JD-U leaders had said their party, in alliance with the BJP, would work on a common national agenda.

A national convention will be held on Sunday. Party sources said the first day of the meeting would see resolutions passed on the present political scenario, and on economic and foreign policy. The party will also discuss organisational matters and electoral challenges, including the polls to five state assemblies and the Lok Sabha in 2014.

The party has been consistently demanding special category status for Bihar and has indicated that its decision to lend support to other political outfits after the 2014 polls would hinge on this issue.


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