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BJP leaders try to improve relations with miffed JD(U)

BJP leaders try to improve relations with miffed JD(U)
The BJP leadership on Monday worked overtime to repair the cracks that have emerged between the BJP and the JD (U). BJP president Rajnath Singh tried not to precipitate the crisis between the two parties and told a delegation from Bihar that there will be no discussion on the alliance till December.

Singh’s effort in pacifying the leaders from Bihar was evident in the change of tone of Animal Husbandry Minister of Bihar, Giriraj Singh, before and after he met the BJP president. ‘This is an all out war and they cannot continue to insult us every time,’ said Giriraj Singh, a known Modi votary, before his meeting with the BJP president.

However, after an hour-long meeting, the Bihar minister completely changed his stance,’We have told our party president about all issues. He has promised us he will take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time.’ The BJP, however, did try to keep up a brave front publicly and said they do not need a certificate of secularism from Nitish Kumar. The BJP also made it a point to remind the Bihar chief minister that he was the rail minister when fire had engulfed a coach of Sabarmati train in Godhra in 2002.

BJP leaders did concede that Nitish Kumar’s criticism on their poster boy Narendra Modi has taken them by surprise. Though they did indicate they are not in favour of breaking their 17-year-old alliance with JD(U). ‘What has happened is unfortunate, but we want the alliance to continue,’ said Rajnath Singh.
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