Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday sought to downplay the rift with alliance partner BJP over the return of flood relief money to Gujarat, saying there was no cause of tension.
"Tension mat lijiye, relax kijiye," Kumar told reporters in Patna before leaving for his Biswas Yatra in Nalanda district.
He was asked about suggestions by BJP leaders that he should reconsider his decision on returning Rs five crore for the Kosi flood relief to the Gujarat government or spell out his strategy on whether he wanted to continue the alliance with the saffron party.
The BJP said a decision on continuing the alliance will be taken by party president Nitin Gadkari after consultations with the state unit. Top saffron party leaders at the Centre and in Bihar favour continuance of the alliance but at the same time are prepared to go it alone in the Assembly elections in the state which are likely to be held in October.
Earlier, Kumar and his deputy and senior BJP leader, Sushil Kumar Modi were seen talking with each other at the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Rekha Manoharlal Doshit at the Raj Bhavan.
Modi had yesterday decided to stay away from the Biswas Yatra at Paliganj.
State minister and NDA Convenor Nand Kishore Yadav, who represents the Patna City constituency, had also pulled out from the Chief Minister's 'Biswas Yatra' on Sunday.