press trust of india
Raghogarh (MP), 18 JUNE: Amid indications of growing bonhomie between Congress and JD(U), which has broken its alliance with the BJP-led NDA, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh today said the decision on any tie-up between the two parties would be taken by the A K Antony Committee.
“Any decision on a tie-up between the Congress and JD(U) would be taken by the Antony Committee,” Digvijay said in response to a query on likely realignments as JD(U) will be chartering its own political course post break-up, ahead of 2014 elections.
Congress had formed a committee headed by Defence Minister A K Antony to go into the issue of alliances as part of finding new allies ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“After the exit of JD(U) from NDA, the alliance has been reduced to a bunch of parties like BJP, Shiv Sena and Akali Dal that believes only in religious discord,” he said, adding that the UPA is not concerned about disintegration of NDA.
He said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should have taken the decision to sever ties with the NDA much earlier. “Had Nitish left NDA before 2009, BJP’s Lok Sabha tally in Bihar would have been lesser,” Digvijay added. Speculations over emerging alignments got a boost with Manmohan Singh describing Nitish Kumar as a “secular” leader and the latter expressing his gratitude.