The BJP, it appears, is preparing itself for an eventuality of its long term partner JD(U) breaking out of the NDA coalition.
A meeting of the Bihar unit on Thursday headed by party president Rajnath Singh decided to concentrate efforts on strengthening the party in the state that
offers 40 Lok Sabha seats.
According to sources, the call given to the cadres was to reach out to every constituency, booth-wise to build up its exclusive vote bank in the state. The deliberation is following the feedback of the state leaders supporting the idea of BJP going it alone in 2014 elections.
BJP is contesting elections in Bihar, from last 17 years, in alliance with JD(U). However, a national executive meet of the latter, last week in New Delhi, threatened a split in the coalition over the likely projection of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as BJP’s and consequently the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate.
Even as the BJP was meeting to discuss the alliance issue, in Patna, JD-U leader and minister Brishen Patel described the alliance as in its last phase.
However, the party has decided to maintain restraint on its part on pulling out of the Nitish Kumar led government. BJP leaders and ministers were asked not to speak out on the alliance issue.
“We should not be blamed. Let Kumar take the call,” a senior leader said in the meet.