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NDA is now on ventilator support,I am saddened: Sharad Yadav

JD-U gives enough hints it could cut ties with BJP after Modi's elevation and Advani's resignation.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: June 11, 2013 4:03:31 am

The Janata Dal (United) Monday gave enough hints that it could sever ties with the BJP after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was named the BJP’s election campaign panel chief and its veteran leader L K Advani quit all party posts.

JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav said Advani’s resignation had greatly jeopardized 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,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 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 said.

The JD-U,which often rallied behind Advani and contested the 2009 Lok Sabha elections under his leadership,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. JD-U national general secretary K C Tyagi said it “would be difficult for the JD-U to remain in the NDA”.

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.

Tiwari,however,conceded that the party was down after its Maharajganj bypoll defeat and was not emboldened enough to take “any drastic decision because of practical political constraints”. JD-U sources,however,said the party was forced to “re-think” its strategy not only because of Modi being made the campaign committee chief but also BJP president Rajnath Singh’s frequent reference to “providing BJP a strong leadership” as the reason behind the decision to give Modi the new charge.

The said senior JD-U leaders are likely to meet within a week to discuss party strategy.

Rajya Sabha MP Ali Anwar said the party had to revisit its strategy because of the fast-changing political situation. “Anyone can guess what Narendra Modi’s elevation means. Though we have set a deadline,we have to revisit our stand,” he said.

A close aide of Kumar said that the party had never mentioned December as its deadline. “Well before the year-end could mean November and even October,” said the source.

But party sources said the JD-U is constrained and cannot overreact because of some bitter home truths. What bothers the JD-U is not only the huge margin of defeat to the RJD in Maharajganj but also the miniscule percentage of minority voters voting for the JD-U candidate.

“We have said no to Modi only to broad-base our minority support at the expense of the RJD and Congress. Although the Maharajganj experiment cannot necessarily be replicated elsewhere,the party has to ponder why Muslim voters are not greatly convinced by our stand on Modi,” said a senior leader. — with PTI inputs

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