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Nitish hurls riot charge back at Modi, BJP to meet

The BJP and JD-U took their fight up yet another notch Tuesday as Nitish Kumar mounted a fresh attack on Narendra Modi and the senior ally declared it would be discussing the present political situation at a meeting of its core committee on Bihar with BJP president Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Thursday.

delhi Updated: Apr 17, 2013 00:32 IST
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The BJP and JD-U took their fight up yet another notch Tuesday as Nitish Kumar mounted a fresh attack on Narendra Modi and the senior ally declared it would be discussing the present political situation at a meeting of its core committee on Bihar with BJP president Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Thursday.

Rejecting the BJP charge that he had done little as railway minister during the Godhra train carnage that led to the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, the Bihar chief minister shot back that law and order was the responsibility of the Narendra Modi government.

Nitish had on Sunday questioned the Gujarat CM's secular credentials in the backdrop of his emerging as a possible PM candidate for the BJP.

"I discharged my duties as rail minister with full responsibility. It is a railway minister's duty to oversee the safety and security of the railways. Maintaining law and order is a state subject," he said.

Later, his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi said the BJP core committee - which includes Modi - would take a call on the "unfortunate" developments.

The JD-U's Shivanand Tiwary said, "Our stand is known. Several elections were held during the nine-year NDA rule in Bihar but Modi was never invited. The BJP should honour the sentiments of its ally as no party is in a position to form the government at the Centre independently."

In Delhi, asked if the BJP would snap ties with the JD-U after the Karnataka polls, Rajnath said: "Whatever happens and whenever it happens, we will sit together."