Taking a pot shot at ruling JD(U) for demanding to review its ties with the party, BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha today said engaging top party leaders including Narendra Modi for campaigning before the state assembly polls was not a "crime".
"A controversy is being unnecessarily raised on Modi's visit to Bihar," Sinha told a gathering in Patna. BJP had not raised any objections to campaigning by any JD(U) leader, he said. "You [JD(U)] are our ally and are free to take a decision on who will or not campaign in Bihar from your side ... Similarly, you should not interfere in our (BJP) internal matter as to who will or will not campaign."
It was unfortunate that a JD(U) leader had gone to the extent of suggesting that the party snaps ties with BJP, Sinha said while referring to JD(U) national spokesman Shivanand Tiwari's statement earlier this month. Tiwari had stated that the party should reconsider ties with BJP to avoid a potential negative fallout of the much awaited judicial verdict on the title suit of the disputed structure at Ayodhya.