PATNA: The BJP today said the Centre will extend full cooperation to Bihar for development works and the public display of bonhomie between arch rivals Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a reflection of the spirit of 'Team India'.
Stating that BJP believes in 'healthy competition', BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here that "the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister should work together like Team India. It (their bonhomie) was a reflection of that only...When a player from south zone and north zone become part of Team India, they play together and pat each other."
Modi along with Kumar and a host of other Union ministers participated in the inaugural function of the newly constructed Digha-Sonepur rail-cum-road bridge at Chhoukia village in Vaishali district yesterday.
Modi and Kumar were seen smiling and talking to each other on the dais during the function in Hajipur.
Declaring that the Prime Minister has worked like a 'statesman', Hussain said there should not be any politics in the name of development.
In response to a query whether anything was cooking with Nitish Kumar's party, BJP spokesman said "his alliance (NDA) remains firm".
He, however, made it clear that "We (BJP and JD(U)) have differences and will remain so...Our party has been agitating on the issue of deteriorating law and order situation in the state."
Nitish Kumar, who earned the image of 'Sushashan Babu', should try to establish rule of law in the state that has deteriorated in recent months, Hussain said, adding that what is happening (poor law and order) in the state is against his image and he should rein in both crime and criminals.