"Till the time BJP was walking on the path laid down by Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the NDA coalition by keeping off controversial issues and disputed personality, we were with them. But the day they changed their track, we thought that it would be wise to leave," Nitish said while addressing the ‘Sankalp rally’ in Begusarai.
“The BJP had promised to not do anything beyond the issues on which there was a consensus among partners of the coalition,” he said.
"They betrayed us by moving away from the consensus agenda. We cannot compromise with our principles and decided to sever ties with them," the Bihar Chief Minister added.
The JD-U leader even took potshots at the media for ‘too much coverage’ of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, whose claim to fame, he alleged was developing an already developed state and ignoring his achievements in developing a backward state like Bihar.
"A person who claims of taking forward the state (Gujarat) which was already developed is getting all the limelight while the people who develop a backward state is ignored," he said.
Slamming a Gujarat minister for linking migration from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to surge in the number of poor in the state, Kumar said migrants on contrary contributes in the progress of these states.
The Bihar CM reiterated his party's demand for special category status for the state to spur its development and urged people to help them win all 40 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections to continue their demand.

JD-U snapped its 17-year old political alliance with BJP after the saffron party anointed Narendra Modi as the chief of poll campaign committee last year.

The ruling party in Bihar had reservations over the Gujarat CM being named the BJP-led NDA’s prime ministerial candidate for Lok Sabha polls, which eventually resulted in breaking up of ties.

Since then, both parties are involved in a series of allegations and counter-allegations, taking pot-shots and exchanging verbal tirades in every single opportunity.


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