Patna, July 17: The grand alliance against BJP now faces uncertainty as JDU skipped the opposition meeting on Sunday. For Monday’s Presidential election, oppositions held a meeting their presidential candidate Meira Kumar and vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi. JDU also being in the opposition extended its support to National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind. Hence they avoided the opposition meet though they also avoided all party meet by NDA.
"I don't think it is correct for our party to attend the meeting. I myself met Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the Opposition's vice-president candidate and conveyed to him that, in the wake of the current situation it won't be good for us to attend a meeting called by the Opposition. Our relation with Meira Kumar is very old and she will also be there. It won't look good on our part to go there," JDU leader Sharad Kumar Yadav told.
On the RJD corruption issues, despite Congress’s meddling in the issue, JDU has made their stand clear. Congress has backed RJD but JDU won’t compromise on Brand Bihar by Nitish Kumar. A senior leader has even told JDU is ready to take a hard decision in their course of action.
Though they skipped the meet, they did not want to create any controversy. In the case of all party meeting, the party leaders backed their decision with the busy schedule issue.
“Our party leaders were busy and hence could not attend the all-party meeting, our attendance will be there for the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday. We skipped the opposition meeting naturally because we are supporting Ram Nath Kovind and have not shared stage even with him. As far as JDU MLAs’ meeting was concerned, all political parties held a meeting today to work out details of presidential polling and hence we were not any different,” said K.C. Tyagi, official JDU spokesperson.