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BJP defers decision on Bihar alliance

The BJP central leadership would meet on Wednesday or Thursday to take a final decision on the party's relationship with the JD-U, BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters after the meeting. Bihar BJP leaders had informed Gadkari of the problems in running the alliance with the JD-U.
By HT Correspondent | IANS, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2010 08:38 AM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deferred a decision on continuing its alliance with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) in Bihar after an hour-long meeting of state party leaders at BJP president Nitin Gadkari's residence.

The party's central leadership would meet Wednesday or Thursday to take a final decision on the party's relationship with JD-U, BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters after the meeting.

He said Gadkari had a pre-scheduled engagement in Nagpur on Wednesday and the time for the meeting of the central leadership had not yet been decided.

“The BJP president heard the views of Bihar leaders seriously. He will discuss it with central leaders. No final decision has been taken on the relationship (between the two parties),” Hussain said.

He said that during the meeting, Bihar BJP leaders had informed Gadkari of the problems in running the alliance with the JD-U.

The meeting was held against the backdrop of the BJP's annoyance over Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to return the Rs.5 crore given by the Gujarat government after the 2008 Kosi floods in Bihar.

Hussain said that the BJP wants the development of Bihar and expects dignity and self-respect in its relationship with the JD-U.

He said the BJP's Bihar leaders had taken note of Nitish Kumar's decision to stop a police team from going to Gujarat in connection with probe into a controversial advertisement featuring him and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state party president C. P. Thakur, party MP Ravi Shankar Prasad and party leaders Nand Kishore Yadav and Ashwani Chaubey were among those who attended the meeting.

The differences between Nitish Kumar and the BJP began June 12 when he expressed displeasure over newspaper advertisements featuring him and Narendra Modi and the references to the aid provided by Gujarat after the Kosi floods. The ads appeared on the day the BJP's two-day national executive meet was to start in Patna.

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