BJP for patch-up, but won’t take snubs
The BJP on Tuesday night held a meeting of the Bihar core group with party president Nitin Gadkari to take a view on the alliance with the JD(U) in the state.delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2010 00:12 IST
The BJP on Tuesday night held a meeting of the Bihar core group with party president Nitin Gadkari to take a view on the alliance with the JD(U) in the state. The alliance in has been facing a crisis ever since advertisements praising Narendra Modi were taken out in Bihar newspapers.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has sent conflicting signals, first denouncing the ads, and later playing down the whole issue of a rift.
The Bihar core group met Gadkari after state deputy CM Sushil Modi and L.K. Advani met earlier in the day. This was a chance for the state leaders to express their views of Bihar leaders , as confusion continued over how the BJP should respond to Kumar's snubs.
BJP brass wants the alliance to continue — as without it the party risks to lose Bihar — but also wants to save face after Kumar's snubs. "Please don't think that so many leaders have been flown down from Patna for nothing," said a BJP leader. “This is serious consultation.”
Gadkari is likely to call a meeting of top central leaders later.
The BJP leadership perceives that Kumar is trying to woo Muslims in Bihar by positioning himself as a prime foe of Narendra Modi, and also pushing BJP to the margins, which could make things difficult for the BJP at the time of seat-sharing negotiations.
There are also indications that the JD(U) may pressurise the BJP not to send Narendra Modi and Varun Gandhi as campaigners to Bihar during poll-time.
This is in contrast views expressed by BJP's Shahnawaz Hussain, who said, “We have not received any communication from anyone whom we should field or not field as a campaigner. The BJP takes its decisions itself and none else decides its campaign strategy."
Fresh trouble is also brewing after a team of the state police visited Surat to question Ashish Chaudhary, the businessman who had put out the advertisement in newspapers.