BJP on Sunday dared JDU leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to part ways with it in the wake of his decision to return the Rs five-crore aid given by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
"If he (Nitish) does not want to continue the alliance with BJP, let him clearly announce it. There is no use of doing this drama," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha told reporters here. Sinha termed as "childish" the decision of Nitish to return the relief funds given by Modi for Kosi flood victims.
"What Nitishji has done is a childish act," he said. Nitish took the step after local papers last week carried advertisements about the help given by the Gujarat government for the 2008 Kosi victims. The money was lying unspent in the chief minister's relief fund. The BJP leader said there was such an episode which was over now. "JDU chief Sharad Yadav has also said that the chapter has been closed.
I cannot understand what is the logic behind returning the relief funds as far as Nitishji does not make it clear that he has decided to part ways with BJP," Sinha said.
BJP central leadership will meet on Monday to discuss the political developments in Bihar."BJP Central leadership is keeping an eye on the political situation in Bihar. Our party president and other senior leaders are not in the capital. They will be here tomorrow and we will discuss the issue," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
With BJP President Nitin Gadkari expected to reach the capital on Sunday, a meeting of the party top brass is likely to be held tomorrow. Hussain said Gadkari would be apprised of the developments in Bihar, including the return of Rs five core of flood money that was given to the state for Kosi flood relief in 2008.
When asked if BJP had any plans of going it alone in the forthcoming Bihar elections in October, Hussain said there had been no such discussion in the party on the issue till now. PTI