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Cong open for alliance with JD(U): Rahul

As the BJP-JD(U) ties appear to have reached a breaking point over the elevation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today kept open the issue of his party’s alliance with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2013 01:07 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times

As the BJP-JD(U) ties appear to have reached a breaking point over the elevation of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday kept open the issue of his party’s alliance with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.

“Frankly, these decisions are not made by me. So, it is not for me to issue invitations to anyone,” Gandhi said when asked if he would invite the JD(U) to join the UPA.

Barely few hours later, Congress spokesman Bhakta Charan Das said his party was not averse to doing business with Kumar. “JD(U) is a like-minded party, which has faith in secularism.

It is in alliance with a party with which its ideology does not match,” he said. The remarks were interpreted as Congress’ olive branch to JD(U).

First Published: Jun 16, 2013 01:05 IST