Rajnath,Joshi mollify Nitish,but JD(U) set to walk away

Even as BJP chief Rajnath Singh and senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi spoke to Nitish Kumar Thursday in an apparent bid to save the alliance

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: June 14, 2013 12:18:30 am

Even as BJP chief Rajnath Singh and senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi spoke to Nitish Kumar Thursday in an apparent bid to save the alliance,the split looked inevitable with the BJP not giving any assurance to the JD(U) on “not making Narendra Modi the prime ministerial candidate” in 2014.

Nitish has called a meeting of senior party leaders,MPs and MLAs on June 15-16 to take a “final call” on parting ways with the BJP. The CM confirmed speaking to Singh and Joshi,but refused to elaborate on what was discussed. A source close to Nitish said: “No formula was offered by Singh or Joshi. No assurance was given that Modi would not be made the PM candidate. The BJP has been only trying to give an impression that it’s tying to save the alliance.”

State BJP chief Mangal Pandey said they were “trying their best to save the alliance”.

Nitish reportedly did not give any assurance to Singh on continuing with the NDA,adding that he “would go by majority view in the party”. A senior JD(U) leader said: “What solution are they (BJP) coming up with? They want us to wait,but they are not saying what should we wait for.”

Meanwhile,six Independent MLAs have met offered their support to the JD(U).

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