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BJP,RJD join hands for Magadh bandh,Nitish asks are you a team

'These parties seem to come together to take on us.'

Bihar’s opposition BJP and RJD came together Monday in a show of unusual unity by calling a Magadh bandh to protest against the serial bomb blasts in Bodhgaya even as Buddhist leaders from around the world and the Sri Lankan president called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to express their solidarity.

Following Kumar’s visit to the Buddhist holy centre after the blasts on Sunday,his former deputy from the BJP,Sushil Kumar Modi,had also visited the temple and attacked the government for what he called “lax security”.

BJP national president Rajnath Singh,leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and his deputy Ravi Shankar Prasad are due to visit Bodhgaya Tuesday.

Modi kept the heat on the state government and observed a fast in Patna Monday to protest against the Bagaha police firing and the Bodhgaya attack. He said Nitish Kumar had been more concerned about saving his government than caring for law and order after the split with BJP.

Kumar said he was quite amused by the “show of solidarity” between the RJD and BJP. “These parties seem to come together to take on us. We have been also hearing of seat arrangements between them in their bid to defeat us. BJP is desperate after losing power and RJD is desperate to come back to power,” he said.