November 9, 2008 12:51:34 am
Though Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has avoided using any harsh words against archrivals Lalu Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan in his bid to keep all-party unity afloat over a common Bihar cause, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi has admitted that “all-party unity in Bihar is not a permanent thing”. “Every party is free to chalk out its strategy with the Lok Sabha elections round the corner,” said Modi.
“Political parties from Bihar had come together for a limited purpose, to meet the Prime Minister with a common demand for action against the Maharashtra Government following ill-treatment towards students from Bihar and the killing of Rahul Raj in Mumbai,” he said, adding, “After all, we had not made any common forum of all political parties. The idea was to show our common concern for our people who are at the receiving end of jingoistic forces in Maharashtra.”
He said the BJP has adopted a “wait-and-watch” policy on the RJD, LJP and other parties’ next call on Bihar cause. He, however, refused to comment on the NDA partner, JD-U, going all alone with resignation of its five Lok Sabha MPs.
Reacting to Railway Recruitment Board’s decision to postpone its examination to avoid law and order problem in Bihar and Jharkhand, Modi said: “It can be called a right decision by the Railway Minister to avert further tension in the two states, but he should have shown as much readiness and concern earlier to change RRB examination centres from Maharashtra for the benefit of students from Bihar.”
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