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Gadkari to decide on continuing alliance with JD(U)

Amid the growing rift with JD(U) in Bihar, BJP today said a decision on continuing the alliance will be taken by party president Nitin Gadkari after consultations with the state unit.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2010 12:22 IST

Amid the growing rift with JD(U) in Bihar, BJP on Monday said a decision on continuing the alliance will be taken by party president Nitin Gadkari after consultations with the state unit.

Bihar state unit chief C P Thakur called on senior BJP leader L K Advani this morning to discuss the status of the party's alliance with JD(U).

After the meeting, Thakur said, "Advani has asked me to meet Gadkari by this evening to apprise him of the new developments in the alliance. A decision on the issue will then be taken by the party president."

Top BJP 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.

Advani and his group, as well as Bihar deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Modi do not want to snap the 15-year old ties with JD(U).

"We are prepared to fight the elections alone if we are forced to do so. But, we would like the alliance to continue," Thakur said.

He expressed confidence that a decision, either in favour of the alliance with JD(U) or against it, will be taken within a fortnight.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav had also said on Sunday that though the events of June 12 when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar returned the flood relief money given by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi were "unfortunate", it would not affect the alliance.

In Patna, Kumar sought to downplay the flood aid row with ally BJP, saying there was no cause for tension.

"Tension mat lijiye, relax kijiye (Don't take tension, relax)," Kumar replied cryptically to a volley of questions by mediamen 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.