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JD(U) snaps ties with BJP ending 17 year old alliance

Patna, June 17 (): Protesting the elevation of  Narendra Modi as the head of the BJP’s campaign committee chairman, the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) yesterday snapped ties with the BJP thus bringing an end to the 17-year-old alliance.

Reacting to the development, the BJP though regretted the breakup, asserted saying that this however is not going to be the end of the world and expected more allies to join NDA. Sensing a possible split, the BJP toughened its stand asking Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to quit and seek a fresh term of office if the ruling BJP-JD-U coalition cracks.

BJP leader Chandra Mohan Rai said that it is not appropriate for Nitish Kumar to continue as chief minister if the JD-U and the BJP part ways in the state.

Meanwhile talking in a press conference, JD (U) President Sharad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced the party’s decision to split exactly a week after Modi was made the BJP’s campaign committee chairman. Sharad Yadav also resigned as Convener of the NDA.

Sharad Yadav said that the party was in the NDA for 17 years and had a national agenda which was formed along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani. The situation did not remain pleasant for the past six to seven months, even after the JD (U) tried its best to stick to the framework of the NDA, said Mr Yadav.  He expressed concern over the BJP which assured to stick to the agenda of the NDA that went back from its promise after its Goa meet, stressed Yadav.

Following the split, Nitish Kumar who announced dismissal of eleven BJP ministers in his cabinet expressed confidence that his party will seek vote of confidence on 19 June.

Out of 243-member in Bihar assembly, the JDU has 118 MLAs to its credit while the BJP has 91. To reach the magic goal, the JD (U) requires only four more  for a majority. The RJD has 21 and one each from LJP and CPI in the state assembly.