New Delhi: A day after the BJP raked up the 2003 speech of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar praising his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, the JD-U leader on Monday hit out at his former ally saying that the statement was made at an official event and no political implication should be drawn out of it.

Addressing a press conference a day after breaking nearly 17-year-old alliance with the BJP, Kumar said, “My comments with regard to Narendra Modi in 2003 were totally official and not political. JD-U will never compromise with its principles.”

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Speaking over the split with BJP, Kumar said, “Decision to split with NDA was not taken in haste. It was decided after due consideration and taken at the right time. JD-U parting ways with NDA is BJP's failure. BJP created a situation in which we were forced to leave.”

He further added, “Atal Bihari Vajpayee-L K Advani era is over in the BJP. We cannot reconcile with the new era.”

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Apparently collecting ammunitions for attacking the former ally JD-U after it left NDA, the BJP on Sunday released a 2003 video of Nitish Kumar, the then Union Railway Minister, reportedly hailing Narendra Modi as a potential national leader, a development-oriented politician and asking people move beyond the past. Kumar also reportedly praised Modi for the development work being undertaken in Gujarat. The speech, significantly, came a year after the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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