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BJP assures complete coordination with JD(U)

BJP rubbished suggestions of differences with its senior alliance partner in the state.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2005 11:50 IST

As the NDA was poised to form a government in Bihar, BJP on Tuesday said there would be "complete coordination" with the JD(U) in government formation and rubbished suggestions of differences with its senior alliance partner in the state.

"There is absolutely no contradiction between the BJP and JD(U). We fought the elections on a common agenda and will proceed further (in government formation) with ease," BJP General Secretary Arun Jaitley said amidst indications that they combine would get absolute majority.

Attributing the poor showing of RJD-led Secular Democratic Front to its "unconstitutional" behaviour after the February elections, which threw up a hung assembly, he said, "All sections of the society backed the NDA in the elections."

"The results have proved that people of Bihar want governance, rule of law and development. You just cannot fool people all the time," Jaitley said.

On the adverse results of the Ramvilas Paswan-led LJP, which had campaigned for a Muslim Chief Minister, the BJP leader said, "the politics he was trying to pursue was not a substitute for governance."

Asked about the possibility of having a Deputy chief minister, he said, "Those are all details that can be worked out later."

On the absence of Hindutva as a poll plank, Jaitley said, "law and order situation, development, and bringing together divided sections of the society were issues on which the NDA fought as a single cohesive unit."

First Published: Nov 22, 2005 11:50 IST