SAD,Shiv Sena back BJP’s stand

Alliance partner SAD and Shiv Sena say they are 'solidly' behind the BJP.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai,phagwara | Published: June 17, 2013 2:06 am

On a day when the JD(U) severed its ties with the NDA,the BJP-led coalition’s key partner Shiromani Akali Dal’s patron Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said his party was “solidly” behind the BJP,and does not believe in “interfering” in their internal matters.

The Shiv Sena,which appeared to be with the BJP in this time of crisis,criticised Nitish Kumar’s decision. Terming the developments in Bihar as unfortunate,Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said,“It is a loss for everybody. If BJP has lost it,it is also a loss for Janata Dal (United).”

Meanwhile,the five-time Punjab CM said,“Akalis were with the BJP solidly and will continue to be so.” Badal claimed all will shake hands with the BJP after the general election. “Though every party,including the JD(U),has its interest uppermost,yet all will shake hands with the BJP after the general election,” he told reporters at Khatti here.

“The real combinations will emerge after Lok Sabha polls,” the 85-year-old Aakali veteran said. His reply came when reporters asked him about the rift between the JD(U) and the BJP,besides its implications on the prospects of the NDA,just before the JD(U) took the step.

The Sena,on the other hand,an oldest alliance partner of BJP in NDA,believes that Kumar is trying to exploit the developments to regain foot hold in Bihar to win over the minorities at the cost of majority.

A Sena leader said, “It is a matter related to one state. It also is a matter confined to two parties – BJP and JD(U).” However,if things are not working within the alliance it is bound to break and both are free to look for an alternative,he added. If the Bihar chief minister is taking the extreme step of distancing himself from the BJP because of Narendra Modi it is ridiculous,he said. “If Kumar was so concerned about Godhra,he should have resigned from the centre as Union minister for railways?” he asked.

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