The JD(U) on Wednesday made it clear that it would not get into any alliance with the RJD because it had got mandate in the 2010 Assembly elections for “good governance” and against RJD’s “misrule”. JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav also put to rest speculation about his growing closeness to BJP by saying that he would keep “fighting BJP policies that are divisive and can challenge Constitution”.
JD(U) top leaders on Wednesday met in Delhi to assess the party’s defeat and chart out a new strategy to galvanise the party. Although two senior Bihar ministers, Shyam Rajak and Bhim Singh, also members of the party’s national executive council, attended the meeting, former chief minister Nitish Kumar skipped it due to personal reasons.
JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP and party national spokesperson KC Tyagi told The Indian Express: “We have made it clear that there would be no alliance with the RJD. Neither is there any intention nor is there thinking going in that direction. While JD(U)’s USP is good governance, RJD stands for misrule and anarchy. People had given us mandate for good governance against Lalu Prasad’s misrule.”
This comes days after the RJD supported the JD(U) government in the state in the floor test last week.
Tyagi said Sharad Yadav, who had been bearing with insinuations of his “growing proximity with BJP” made it clear that he would “keep fighting” the BJP’s “divisive policies”.
Asked about murmurs in the party about Sharad Yadav taking moral responsibility for the defeat, Tyagi said the party had reposed full faith in the leadership of both Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar. The office-bearers passed a resolution to this effect, which also lauded the ideological position taken by them while quitting the NDA last year following the ascendance of Narendra Modi in the BJP. They were particularly appreciative of the “sacrifice” made by Nitish by giving up the chief ministership of Bihar, accepting full responsibility for the defeat.
The party meeting also decided that Nitish and Sharad would move around Bihar and also some other parts of country to re-establish contacts with public and regain their faith for having given good governance. “Nitish will soon start travelling through Bihar to galvanise the party,” said Tyagi.
The JD (U) cautioned the Modi government against any attempt at challenging the Constitution, particularly vis-a-vis Article 370 which accorded a special status on J&K.