Now BJP accuses JD(U) of denying permission to hold function

Published: 14th June 2013 07:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2013 08:42 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

Amid strain in ties, BJP today accused JD(U) of denying it permission to hold a function of party chief Rajnath Singh here on June 23.

The Education department has denied permission to hold a function of BJP president Rajnath Singh in a local school, state party chief Mangal Pandey told reporters after a core committee meet at Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi's residence.

He said Singh is scheduled to address BJP workers for which they had sought permission for Miller school ground.

"The same school ground was used by JD(U) for its Adhikar rally in November last year and permission is not given to alliance partner to hold function of its national President," he said and criticised behaviour of the party.

JD(U) minister Gautam Singh had displayed banners in the same ground and the party had put up pandals in the school ground during the Adhikar rally in support of special category status for Bihar, he said.

The Bihar BJP President said the matter was discussed in the core committee meeting and all the members including senior BJP ministers criticised the "unsavoury" event. He said a new venue would be chosen for Singh's function.

Sensing that a split is almost certain now, the BJP state president also accused JD(U) of "poaching" on his MLAs to provide strength to the Nitish Kumar government in the Bihar Assembly.

"Many BJP MLAs have informed us of JD(U) leaders approaching them seeking their help for the Nitish Kumar government in future (after split with BJP)," Pandey claimed.

Independent MLA Dilip Verma has gone on record to highlight such "sinister" act of JD(U) to lure him with a ministerial berth for support to the government, he added.

Pandey said all BJP ministers have been directed to be in Patna by June 17. There are 11 BJP ministers in the Nitish Kumar Ministry including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the important portfolio of Finance Minister.

Reports coming from JD(U) sources suggest that the decision about pullout from NDA would be announced either on June 15 or 16 after discussions with legislators, parliamentarians and other party leaders.

JD(U) president Sharad Yadav is coming here tomorrow for the discussion. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already returned to capital from Katihar leg of 'Sewa Yatra'.

The BJP core committee meeting which went for two-hours at Sushil Modi's official residence was attended by state NDA Convenor and minister Nand Kishore Yadav, other ministers and national Vice-President C P Thakur.

Seeking to put the blame on the alliance partner, the state BJP President said, "JD(U) leaders have created such a situation in which it is difficult to work together."

"Voters of Bihar had given mandate to NDA alliance. Hence such activities of JD(U) is against democratic tradition and coalition dharma. It is not good for healthy democratic tradition of the country," he said.

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