Nitish says JD-U not to break ties with BJP

Rajgir, March 29 | Updated: Mar 30 2005, 05:30am hrs
Ruling out the possibility of his party breaking ties with the BJP, senior JD-U leader Nitish Kumar called upon anti-RJD groups to be flexible on the issue of forming a popular government in Bihar.

The elections have given us a golden opportunity to get rid of RJD misrule. All anti-Lalu forces should come together to form a popular government, he said.

Mr Kumar was addressing mediapersons at the start of the three-day brainstorming session of the JD-U here on Tuesday.

Without showing flexibility, a government minus RJD will be impossible, Mr Kumar said, after declaring open the chintan shivir being seen as an exercise to bring an end to Presidents rule in Bihar.

We should not be rigid in our stance in the interest of the people of Bihar, he said, apparently referring to LJP president Ramvilas Paswans intransigence over taking even outside support from the BJP to form a government.

Mr Kumar ruled out the possibility of JD-U parting company with the BJP saying, We (BJP and JD-U) share a bond of friendship.

The three-day conclave of party leaders here would deliberate on a fresh course of action for installation of a non-RJD government. The JD-U has been inviting non-RJD parties to form a common platform even before the polls and now, other parties too have realised that another immediate election would mean the return of the RJD, he said.

Mr Kumar said the the meeting would also evolve a common minimum programme to elicit support from the anti-RJD groups for government formation.