While the Bharatiya Janata Party may have averted its internal crisis, the Janata Dal United (JD-U)-Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) alliance is likely to end soon. This after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar convened a meeting with senior JD(U) leaders in Patna on Tuesday evening.
Janata Dal-United leaders have reportedly been asked to contact independent MLAs and garner their support in the party’s favour. Senior leaders of the Janata Dal-United party met in Patna late on Tuesday evening at the behest of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to discuss options available to them should they decide to end their alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar.
For a partnership that came together 15 years ago, largely on an anti-Lalu plank, the going was good – thanks to the friendship of JD(U)’s Nitish Kumar and BJP’s Sushil Modi. They helped their parties forge a successful alliance that has been credited with turning Bihar around.
But now, all that progress has taken a backseat as the two parties contemplate a split, following Nitish Kumar’s rift with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
According to television reports, any decision in this regard is likely to be taken after June 15, when Kumar returns from his “Seva Yatra”. Janata Dal-United leaders have reportedly been asked to contact independent MLAs and garner their support in the party”s favour. Three independent MLAs have already vouched to back the JD(U).
“A decision will be announced in a few days. Be patient, wait for sometime. The decision will be made,” is all that Kumar said while getting into his car after the meeting. The Bihar chief minister has held talks with party president Sharad Yadav and other senior state JD(U) leaders, weighing the pros and cons of remaining in alliance with the BJP.