Patna / New Delhi / Mumbai, June 14 : It seems that the Nitish Kumar group in JD(U) is hell bent upon pulling the party out of BJP led NDA over Narendra Modi issue. At one hand JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav says there is no ultimatum issued to the BJP over Narendra Modi issue, but at the other hand the leaders considered close to Nitish Kumar are raising tantrum about the Narendra Modi’s appointment as BJP's Campaign committee chief for 2014 Loksabha elections
Interestingly, Narendra Modi’s appointment is BJP’s internal matter and nobody in the BJP has yet tried to impose NaMo leadership over NDA allies.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters in Patna that, "The situation is such that there are problems. दुआ देते हैं जीने की, दवा करते हैं मरने की। (The blessing is for life but the medicine is for death). That is the problem.” He was returning from a two-day 'seva yatra' for consultations with the JD(U) leadership tomorrow over the alliance issue.
While Sharad Yadav is expected to reach Patna for the week end consultations with local party leaders, he has said in an interview that, “There is no ultimatum issued to the BJP on Narendra Modi issue.”
Sharad Yadav also said that JD(U) had maintained that Modi's elevation was an internal matter of BJP.
"The alliance of NDA exists for now but the alliance has to continue under the norms of national agenda of NDA under which the coalition has functioned so far. We have objections to the remarks made by BJP leaders after that. At Goa, speeches that happened went beyond the national agenda," Yadav clarified.
Meanwhile Nitish Kumar camp is trying hard to pull JD(U) out of NDA, kept making rebellious noises. Party general secretary Shivanand Tiwari, who is considered a Nitish man, accused BJP of "forcing JD(U) to come out of NDA by projecting Narendra Modi.” Another JD(U) state leader has indicated to the reporters that the situation is at “the Point of No Return.”
BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had earlier demanded that JD(U) senior leaders should ask their local leaders to exercise restrain on the language they use.
Adding confusion to the situation, some local media reported that all the BJP ministers have skipped office today to mark their protest over the verbal attacks by the JD(U) office bearers on BJP’s “purely internal matters.” Government officially remained mum over this.
JD(U) has 115 MLAs and BJP has 91 MLAs in Bihar, totaling a whooping 206 out of 243 seats in the assembly. Although Nitish camp is trying hard to get the numbers right if they actually break up with BJP, all other parties in Bihar assembly are too marginalized with mere two or three seats and Lalu’s RJD having most numbers - 22. Congress has 4 and CPI has only one member. Nitish has to wedge a divide in either in RJD or BJP to survive the remaining term which is two years. Political observers point to another possibility – a split in JD(U) and the splitting faction going with BJP to form successor government, making a mockery of Nitish.
BJP’s senior leaders and Sharad Yadav too, are hope-full for a way out. Nitin Gadkari has met Sharad Yadav to discuss the threat by Nitish camp, while Murali Manohar Joshi, Advani and Rajnath Singh have talked to Yadav over phone. Yadav has told reporters answering a question that he is hoping for “Rapprochement with BJP, as any doors have not closed yet.”