New Delhi, July 13 : Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi today ended all speculation made over alliance with the Janta Dal United in Bihar by saying there is no such plan of tying up with Nitish Kumar’s JD-U.
In an exclusive interview with IANS, Modi said BJP would not tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with ally RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are CBI and ED scanner over corruption charges.
He also stated that BJP is not at all interested in breaking any alliance or government. The government will only fall due to the corruption (charges) and other things against its partners.
“There is no such plan with the BJP (of tying up with JD-U). In case of any fresh political development, the BJP Parliamentary Board alone is empowered to take a decision,” Modi, a former Deputy Chief Minister, told IANS in an interview.
When asked about Bihar BJP President Nithyanand Rai’s remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps alliance with Lalu Yadav’s Rahstra Janta Dal, Modi said Rai had refused making such a statement.
Modi asserted, that Bihar’s ruling party JD-U and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have supported each other on several issues but this should not be considered as the two parties joining hands together.
“The support (in the Presidential election) is issue based and nothing more should be read into it. The BJP has supported Nitish Kumar’s liquor prohibition policy and he has supported the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind,” he further added.
“But for Vice President’s election, his (Nitish Kumar) party has supported the UPA candidate.” Modi said.
BJP’s senior leader said his party was not hatching any conspiracy to destabilise the government of Bihar, adding we are not at all interested in breaking any alliance or government. The government will only fall due to the corruption (charges) and other things against its partners.
On Bihar Chief Minister’s “silence” over the allegations of corruption against Tejashwi Yadav, Modi said: “The day Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav came together he had compromised with his integrity and transparency. He joined hands with RJD to remain in power and now it has become a ‘gale ki haddi’ for him.
“The only option left with him is to dismiss Tejashwi Yadav,” he asserted.
He said Nitish Kumar cannot give “good governance” in the company of Lalu Prasad, adding the BJP wants a time-line from Nitish Kumar on the Tejashwi Yadav issue.