Bihar BJP leaders refuses to meet Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar had yesterday called deputy CM Sushil Modi and other BJP leaders for a meeting.

PATNA: With the 17-year-old alliance headed for a split, BJP leaders in Bihar today refused to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav avoided commenting on BJP leaders move not to meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and said that his political outfit has not yet taken a final call on endings its alliance with the saffron outfit.

Yadav, however, hinted that the alliance is not intact.

"The situation is very difficult. There are internal problems," he said.

Nitish Kumar had yesterday called deputy CM  Sushil Modi and other BJP leaders for a meeting.

BJP leader Nand Kishore said: 'He had called me and Sushil ji. But he has raised the issue of who would be the Prime Ministerial candidate and Narendra Modi, we have jurisdiction to talk about. The BJP national leadership is in touch with him, he should discuss this issue with the national leadership and not with us.'

On Friday, in a clear indication of a split in the BJP-JD-U combine, Nitish Kumar said the situation in the alliance was now "difficult", while the BJP accused his party of trying to split it.

"The situation is difficult now," Nitish Kumar told the media when he was asked about relations between the two parties.

The chief minister then recited an Urdu couplet: "Dua detey hai jeene ki, dawa detey hai marne ki (they wish me well, but the medicine they have offered will kill)".

Without taking names, he said some BJP leaders wanted the 17-year-old alliance between the two parties in the state to continue "but are not ready to listen us".

Meanwhile, in the most direct charge so far, BJP's Bihar president Mangal Pandey accused the JD-U of trying to destabilise his party.

"JD-U is trying to break the BJP in Bihar. This is objectionable and not good for democracy," Pandey told the media after a meeting of BJP workers and leaders including legislators and ministers.

Pandey said several JD-U leaders, including ministers, legislators and MPs, were in touch with BJP legislators in a bid to woo them into the JD-U.

"It is very objectionable that JD-U leaders have approached BJP legislators and persuaded them to join JD-U. They also assured them berths in the cabinet and other lucrative posts for their support," he said.

The development came as most BJP ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, skipped office for a second straight day Friday.

JD (U) has 118 MLAs in 243-member Bihar assembly and needs the support of only four more MLAs to reach the magic figure.

There are 91 MLAS from BJP, 21 from RJD and one each from LJP and CPI in the state assembly. (Agencies)

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