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Bihar BJP tells JD-U to work in tandem for development

It seems the cracks in the BJP-JD-U alliance are widening day-by-day. A day after BJP leaders said that their party will not sacrifice Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for the sake of alliance, JD-U leaders in Bihar said that there was no threat to the Nitish Kumar government even if the BJP walked away. ‘We have adequate figures to run the government,’ a senior JD-U leader, close to Nitish Kumar, said on Tuesday.  

Reacting on the statement by JD-U leaders over no threat to Nitish government, Bihar BJP president Mangal Pandey on Tuesday said: ‘The party is ready to follow the alliance dharma, but not on the cost of our pride’. Recounting the cancellation of lunch of BJP senior leaders during their Executive Meet in 2010 under the presidentship of the then party chief Nitin Gadkari by JD-U, Pandey said: ‘Enough is enough. We will not bow down to the demands of JD-U anymore.’

‘We want to continue the alliance with JD-U as we are together for development of state, which we are doing in our best way, and the same is with later party too’, said BJP’s state secretary Mrityunjay Jha, adding that the NDA partners should work in tandem to dethrone UPA government and not to indulge in party politics.

According to a senior JD-U leader, the party needs the support of 122 legislators in a house of 243 to remain in power.

‘The JD-U already has 118 legislators and most of the six independent legislators are supporting the party and will extend support to carry on the government led by Nitish Kumar,’ he said.

The BJP has 91 legislators, the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal 22, Congress four and the Lok Janshakti Party and the Communist Party of India one each.

JD-U spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said that the party strongly believed in secular ideology and wanted to take along all castes and communities. If any party had a problem, he said, ‘we cannot help it’.
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