BJP rules out reunion with JD-U

13 Jul 2017

Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today ruled out any reunion with the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the Rashtriya Janata Dal.
Talking to newspersons, Sushil said that only the BJP Parliamentay Board can decide on any political developments in Bihar. "There is no such plan with the BJP (of tying up with JD-U). In case of any fresh political development, the BJP Parliamentary Board alone is empowered to take a decision," Modi, a former deputy chief minister. On being asked about Bihar BJP president Nithyanand Rai's recent reported remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps ties with Lalu Prasad's RJD Modi said that Rai had denied making such a statement.
The BJP leader said the Janata Dal-United and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have supported each other on certain issues but this should not be seen as the two parties coming together.  "The support (in the Presidential election) is issue based and nothing more should be read into it. The BJP has supported Nitish Kumar's liquor prohibition policy and he has supported the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind," he told newspersons.
"The BJP is not interested in breaking any alliance or government. The government will only fall because of the corruption (charges) and other things against its partners. Our party was not hatching any conspiracy to destabilise the 'mahagathbandhan', "said the BJP leader. Sushil said the people had given a mandate to the Grand Alliance of the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U, RJD and the Congress and they should run the government.
Asked about the Bihar chief minister's continuous silence over the allegations of corruption against Tejashwi Yadav, Modi said, "The day Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad made the alliance, he had compromised with his integrity and transparency. He joined hands with Lalu Prasad to remain in power and now it has become a 'gale ki haddi' for him. "The only option left with him is to dismiss Tejashwi Yadav," he said.