BJP calls for Bihar shutdown today to protest against JD(U)'s "betrayal"

Patna, June 18 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a day-long shutdown in Bihar today to protest against what it calls the "betrayal" of the Janata Dal United or JD(U).

The party has planned a protest march in Patna today. BJP leaders like Shahnawaz Hussain and Ravishankar Prasad are likely to take part in it.

Most commercial establishments in the state are expected to remain closed. Train services however will not be hit.

Senior BJP leader Sushil Modi, who was the deputy chief minister in the Nitish government, said that they would observe Betrayal Day on Tuesday by observing a state wide shutdown.

Demanding the resignation of Nitish Kumar, Modi said that the Chief Minister should seek a fresh mandate as JD (U) leader after the separation.

Putting an end to all the speculations, the Janata Dal (United) on Sunday finally announced that there would not be any alliance with the BJP in the Bihar government.

Addressing a press conference here, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav said that the developments in the last six months had made things difficult for them to work together with the BJP.

"We were in the NDA for 17 years and we had a national agenda that was formed with Atalji and Advaniji. We have tried to stick to the framework of the NDA but for the past 6-7 months situation has changed," he said.

"Any alliance runs by friendship and trust - we tried our best to run the alliance," he added

JD (U) has 118 MLAs in 243-member Bihar assembly and needs the support of only four more MLAs to have a majority.

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

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