Kolkata/New Delhi: Amidst reports of a possible parting of ways between the JD-U and the BJP, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee spoke to her Bihar and Odisha counterparts to make her idea ‘federal front’ a reality.

JD-U contemplates ending ties with BJP

"I spoke to Nitish Kumar. Nitishji is in agreement that it would be good if we come together and form a federal front. We will talk (with regional parties) in different states," Banerjee said after a meeting with JD(U) general secretary KC Tyagi in her official chamber. "And, Tyagiji has come to talk to me on the subject," she added.

"I also spoke to Naveen Patnaik (Odisha Chief Minister) on the issue over phone today," Banerjee said.

"We are happy. And, you know some days ago Babulal Marandi (JVM-P chief) came from Jharkhand to talk over this. Two or three other leaders came and talked with us," she said.

On his part, Tyagi said, "You have heard that she has talked with Naveen Patnaik and Babulal Marandi. We are going to have our party meeting within two or three days. We will respond after that. But we are still a part of NDA."

Advani reaches out to JD-U leaders

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader LK Advani spoke to Nitish Kumar and JD-U chief Sharad Yadav in the midst of speculation that the two parties may part ways over the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Sources said during the telephone calls with the two leaders Advani impressed on the need for the NDA to stay united to face the Lok Sabha elections unitedly.

JD(U), one of the oldest alliance partners of the saffron party, is reportedly reconsidering its ties with the BJP. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has begun consultations with senior JD-U leaders over continuance of his party’s ties with the BJP after the anointment of Narendra Modi as its poll panel chief. A senior Bihar minister has claimed that the 'days of ties' between the two NDA partners seem to be numbered.

Kumar had said on Monday that JD(U) will discuss all aspects of Modi's anointment and will spell out its stand soon. JD-U has 118 MLAs in 243-member Bihar assembly and needs the support of only four more MLAs to reach the magic figure of 122.


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