In 2003, Nitish had wished Modi to expand his influence beyond Gujarat

New Delhi: After receiving a major setback on Sunday as Janata Dal (United) broke its 17-year-old alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s elevation in the party, the BJP on Sunday, released the 2003 speech of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in which he had praised Modi.

Kumar during that time was the railway minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government and had gone to Kutch in Gujarat to dedicate the international container terminal at Mundra port and the rail link between Mundra and Adipur. According the release sent by BJP, Nitish Kumar had said that he is hopeful that Narendra Modi will not be restricted to Gujarat itself but the whole country will be able to render his services.

On Sunday, JD (U) in its resolution on walking out of the alliance stated, ‘The Goa announcement of the Chairmanship of the electoral campaign committee of the BJP has filled us with deep apprehensions of the future.It has left not a shadow of doubt that this is a mere ceremonial prelude to his nomination as the prime ministerial candidate. These developments do not augur well for the health of our secular and democratic polity. We cannot compromise on our basic principles , values and our stand on core issues which are central to the ethos of our party'.

‘The release is an attempt by the BJP to find faults in the arguments of JD (U) and to show them in poor light’ said a BJP leader. Kumar in his  2003 speech states that whatever happened during the 2002 in Gujarat riots is blot, but the time has come to move on. The Bihar chief minister in his 2003 speech also says that  the state has  done developmental work but there has been an effort to malign the image of the state.
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