Janata Dal (United) on Tuesday gave enough hints that it could sever ties with the BJP after its veteran leader L K Advani quit all party posts and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was named the party’s election campaign panel chief.
It will be difficult for JD(U) to continue in NDA if L K Advani is not at the helm of affairs, K C Tyagi,party’s national general secretary,said.
The JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav had on Monday said Advani’s resignation had greatly jeopardised the unity of the NDA and put the alliance on “ventilator support”.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar,who spoke before Advani’s decision to quit became public,had said “senior party leaders would sit together to discuss party strategies and take a decision”.
But Yadav was more forthright as he indicated that the alliance was close to a flashpoint. “Advaniji’s resignation is a serious issue and not good for the NDA’s health. We will review the latest developments. I am deeply saddened by the resignation of Advaniji because the NDA was forged with the efforts of Atalji and Advaniji,” he had said.
Kumar,who returned to Patna after the Sewa Yatra in Madhepura,Araria and Bhagalpur and has been ducking all questions on Modi for three days,treaded cautiously on the subject on Monday. “We have heard and read the news. Senior party leaders will sit together and discuss strategy,” he had said.
The JD-U,which often rallied behind Advani and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections under his leadership,had said his decision to quit all party posts was a “further jolt to the prospects of continuing with the NDA”.
“Advaniji’s resignation,in my opinion,is a serious issue and we will convene our own party meeting to discuss the matter,” said Yadav,who is also the NDA convenor.
The JD-U,which had earlier termed the developments within the BJP “an internal matter” of that party,seems to have reversed its political posturing. “The time has come for us to take a strong decision. Advani resigning from all party posts will have a direct bearing on the BJP’s relationship with the JD-U and other allies. The BJP is engaged in a slugfest and has disregarded its most respected leader,” said JD-U national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari.