The possibility of forming an alliance between BJP and JD(U) has apparently gone for a toss. On Wednesday, JD(U) took a dig at BJP, saying “the ethos of the Atal era in BJP have come to an end”, according to IE. There were speculations about a political realignment in Bihar after Supreme Court revived criminal charges against RJD chief Lalu Prasad in the fodder scam on Monday last, the report says.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said on Tuesday, “We need to recall that BJP did not leave Nitish Kumar. He left us. Therefore, it is for him to take a call.” Prasad had said it was “shocking” to see that the JD(U), which once fought against “Lalu’s corruption”, defending the RJD leader. He also said Nitish’s silence on the issue was “surprising”.
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JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi on Wednesday said it was for the BJP to repent for having moved away from the ethos of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “The Atal era ethos of the BJP have come to an end. Those who were fringe elements in the past are dominating the BJP now. They are asking us to repent. It’s actually they (the BJP) who should repent for how they forgot history and moved away from the ethos of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. “This BJP has no relevance for us. The reasons citing which Nitish Kumar had quit the NDA in 2013 still remain, and Kumar’s decision to severe ties with BJP then have been proved correct,” he said, as per Indian Express report.
On April 3, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had stressed on a grand alliance of opposition parties at the national level to stop the surge of the BJP and urged the Congress and Left parties to take initiative for this. “The BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh was mainly because of lack of a Bihar-like ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) there … If you add the vote percentage of the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the BSP, it is 10 per cent more than the votes polled by the BJP,” he had said, as per PTI report. Kumar, who is also the JD(U) national president, said, “A Bihar-like grand alliance is the solution to check the surge of the BJP and for this, the Congress and the Left parties should take the initiative.” “A ‘mahagathbandhan’ like this at the national level will be ‘maha safal’ (a grand success),” he claimed, as per PTI report.