Patna: A day after snapping the 17-year old relationship with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hit out at his former ally, saying that his party’s views now do not match to that of BJP’s new leadership.

Trouble started brewing in NDA camp ever since Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was elevated as the chief of the BJP’s poll campaign.

Narendra Modi factor is believed to be the prime reason behind the break-up of alliance between JD-U and BJP. The JD-U leadership had clarified its aversion towards the Gujarat Chief Minister on several occasions.

Talking to reporters, the Bihar Chief Minister added that he will remember working with BJP. “We will remember working together with BJP,” said Nitish.

The Bihar Chief Minister further said the decision to end ties with BJP was not taken in haste but after a series of deliberations. He added that the era of charismatic former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and one of the founding members of the party, Lal Krishna Advani is over.

“Atal-Advani era is over,” said the Bihar CM.

Nitish also said that it was no longer possible for the party to go ahead with the alliance with BJP as differences of thoughts started arising between the two parties.

Nitish, who is set to go for floor test in order to prove his cabinet’s strength on June 19, following the sacking of all BJP ministers, expressed confidence of winning trust of the state Assembly.
Nitish, on Sunday, sacked all 11 BJP ministers in his Cabinet after breaking up with BJP. Nitish reportedly told Governor DY Patil that he wanted all the ministers to be dropped as they had stopped attending office.

"This situation cannot continue. Ministers are meant to work. Such a situation is not acceptable," Nitish said while addressing a press conference in Patna, adding that he has called for a special session of the assembly on Wednesday to prove his government’s majority.

After the tension, which arose between JD-U and BJP, the saffron party’s ministers stopped attending office and also returned their official vehicles as it had become clear that the JD-U and the BJP were all set to part ways after being together in the political arena for 17 years.

JPN