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BJP tones down attack, says won’t snap ties with JD-U

Amidst the rising tension between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (United), the former has now decided to put an end to the ongoing war of words between the two parties. The BJP on Tuesday adopted a cautious line while talking about its alliance partner and said that there is no animosity  between the two parties.

‘There is no threat to the alliance in Bihar and it is on, there is also no immediate dispute,’ said  BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, who also added that forming alliances for the 2014 general elections was a process where many parties would join the NDA and talks have been on with some parties.

BJP national president Rajnath Singh also ruled out that the two parties will snap ties and  said that leaders from both the parties will sit together to discuss the issue of Prime Minister candidate. ‘Whatever happens and whenever it happens, we will sit together,  Singh said.

BJP also scaled down its attack on JD(U) on Tuesday as they sought to downplay Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s remark that he was not responsible for the attack on Sabarmati train in 2002. ‘The job of a railway minister is to look after railway safety but the responsibility to look into the problem of public order, law and order belongs to the states,’ said Kumar. However, later in the day BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain, downplayed the incident and said that Kumar was reacting to statements made by RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.

The U-turn by the party has come after BJP president Rajnath Singh made it clear that the issue should not be escalated. On Monday BJP had taken an aggressive stance with the party reminding the Bihar chief minister that he was the Railway minister in 2002, when the coach of Sabarmati train was burnt. The party also went on to say that BJP does not need a certificate of secularism from Nitish Kumar.
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