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Nitish Rules Out Tie-up With BJP in Future

Published: 18th February 2014 07:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2014 07:32 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

Taking the ongoing war of words between the two erstwhile allies to a logical conclusion, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ruled out a tie up with BJP in the future, saying the chapter was closed forever irrespective of any consequences.

"No question arises of an alliance with BJP in the future under any situation and irrespective of any consequences....that chapter is over for good," he said in the legislative Assembly while replying to the two-day debate on the Governor's address to the joint session of the state legislature last week.

"Whether my government survives or bites the dust, no question arises of an alliance with BJP in the future under whatever situation or irrespective of any consequences," Kumar said amid applause from the treasury benches.

"It's impossible (future alliance between JD(U) and BJP)," he said.

That chapter (17 year-long alliance between Samata Party/JD(U) and BJP) was over for good, the Chief Minister said.

He also returned the "betrayal" jibe of BJP over JD(U) parting ways with it last year after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's elevation in the BJP ranks.

"I did not betray you, but you did to me.....you betrayed my trust," he said while defending his decision to sever the nearly two-decade-old alliance with BJP, saying he did so on the ground of principle.

Kumar said his erstwhile deputy Sushil Kumar Modi had fixed his appointment with the then BJP national president Nitin Gadkari at the residence of another senior BJP leader in New Delhi last year where he had expressed reservations about Modi's elevation and was assured that such a thing would not happen.

He said even BJP patriach L K Advani had called him to give an assurance that the party president's words on Modi would be kept, but it was not to happen, which prompted him to hasten the process of split in the NDA.

As the Chief Minister made these claims, Leader of Opposition Nand Kishore Yadav stood up to object to his party leaders' names being taken when they were not present in the House to defend themselves. Kumar, however, carried on with his outbursts against his erstwhile ally, much to delight of his JD(U) MLAs.

He said he had taken a calibrated decision to sever alliance with BJP if his Gujarat counterpart rose in the ranks of his party.

He further said he had made his intentions clear in an interview to a national English daily in 2012 itself and took the decisive decision about ten months later as he could see the writing on the wall about the happenings within BJP.

In between, JD(U) had passed a resolution in early 2013 proposing to sever ties with BJP if a person of controversial background was made its Prime Ministerial candidate and intimated BJP leadership about its stand, the Chief Minister said.

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