It's a routine meeting, nothing to do with 2014 polls: JD(U)
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It's a routine meeting, nothing to do with 2014 polls: JD(U)

Member of the JD(U) Shivanand Tiwari today dismissed any speculation of them deciding on the structure of their 2014 polls. "It is a routine meeting and has nothing to do with the Lok Sabha elections," said Tiwari.

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2013 13:40 IST
Shivanand Tiwari,Janata Dal (United),2014 Lok Sabha polls

The Janata Dal (United) party meet began in New Delhi on Saturday to decide on future alliance with the BJP-led NDA, as the issue of a prime ministerial candidate became contentious.

While party sources said several issues would be discussed, the growing demand for projecting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has caused the JD(U) much discomfort.

The meeting will be addressed by senior JD(U) leaders, including party president Sharad Yadav and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

"The meeting of JD(U) has begun. There will be several issues which will come up," party sources said.

Asked whether the candidature of Modi for prime minister would come up in the meeting, the source said: "I can't say much, let's see what happens in the meeting."

Member of the Janata Dal (United) Shivanand Tiwari on Saturday dismissed any speculation of them deciding on the structure of their 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"It is a routine meeting and has nothing to do with the 2014 Lok Sabha polls," said Tiwari.

He further said, "We will also discuss the present scenario of the party. Members are going to put forward their views and opinions and it is a routine meeting."

Speaking on BJP plan of action, he said, "Whatever, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh has told is absolutely true. We share a long and old association with the BJP, hence they know our principles and our motive and there is nothing wrong in that. When he had joined BJP the state of the party was delicate hence we decided to form a common agenda."

Talking on the prime ministerial candidate name revelation he said, "Nitish Kumar has made it very clear and we stand by it that the prime ministerial candidate should be mentioned as early as possible. He has also said the candidate should be from BJP as it is a big party."

Earlier, the JD (U)'s reported impatience with the BJP delay in taking a call on its choice for the post of rime Minister is unlikely to force the hand of its NDA ally on this vexed issue.

Meanwhile, all eyes would be on the deliberations of the two-day national executive of the JD (U) beginning on Saturday as the party has taken a strong position it would not agree the projection of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the National Democratic Alliance's prime ministerial candidate.

The growing clamour in sections of the BJP in favour of Modi has not gone down well among some of the NDA constituents.

Party sources had earlier said the JD(U) could decide to part ways with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if Modi is projected as the prime ministerial candidate by the alliance for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

JD(U) leaders had said their party, in alliance with the BJP, would work on a common national agenda. They said the JD(U) was expected to demand an early decision on the prime ministerial candidate to bring clarity on the matter.

A national convention will be held on Sunday.

Party sources said the first day of the meeting would see resolutions passed on the present political scenario, and on economic and foreign policy.

The party will also discuss organisational matters and electoral challenges, including the polls to five state assemblies and the Lok Sabha in 2014.

The party has been consistently demanding special category status for Bihar and has indicated that its decision to lend support to other political outfits after the 2014 polls would hinge on this issue.

First Published: Apr 13, 2013 11:25 IST