New Delhi, June 14 (ANI): Taking potshots at the ruling Congress Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said it would spearhead from June 17 a series of mass protests against corruption, scams and ill governance of the UPA coalition.
BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the party's top leaders, Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, would lead the protests in every nook and corner of the country.
"Bharatiya Janata Party will start 'Jail Bharo' (fill the prison) protests in each and every corner of the country from June 17. This protest will begin on June 17 and will go on till June 30. Our protest is against corruption, price rise and against the shameless misuse of social organisations and agencies by the federal ruling government," said Naqvi.
On being asked about BJP's weakening bond with the Janata Dal United (JDU), Naqvi said he is hopeful that the ties between the alliance partners remain strong.
"Now what they think, or what they are saying or doing is not of any concern to us. Finally what they'll decide and say is what matters. We are hoping that the ties between Janata Dal (United) and BJP remain strong," he added.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today made it clear that there is a strain in the ties between the Janata Dal (United) and the BJP, and said that the current situation of the coalition is very difficult.
" And we have to now decide on what to do in this difficult situation. Talks are going on from almost all quarters. On one hand, they are saying that the alliance should continue for its very old. On the other hand, the situation is such... there are difficulties," he told mediapersons in Patna after returning from a tour this afternoon.
Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav earlier in the day conceded that the crisis has been stoked by the BJP's recent decision to choose Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to head its election campaign.
BJP President Rajnath Singh has said that his party would never want such a long alliance with the Janata Dal (United) to end.
The Janata Dal (United), which is said to be upset over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's elevation as the chairman of campaign committee for 2014, is planning to end its 18-year alliance with the BJP.
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. (ANI)