sns & pti
PATNA, 16 JUNE: Stung by the Janata Dal (United)&’s decision to break away from NDA, the BJP today slammed the erstwhile ally for insulting the landslide mandate given to the coalition in the 2010 Assembly polls and called for a Bihar bandh on 18 June to protest against the ‘deceit’.
“The unprovoked and unilateral decision of the JD-U to split from the NDA is a gross insult to a landslide mandate given to the coalition government by the people of Bihar in 2010 Assembly polls…the development is unfortunate and what the JD-U has done can be described as deceit to the voters and us,” senior BJP leader Mr Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters.
“We fully abided by the mantra of coalition dharma and did nothing in the past seven years to create any obstacle in the path of smooth functioning of the government…yet the JD-U has decided to walk out from the NDA in an opportunistic manner without any provocation,” he said.
BJP President Rajnath Singh said he was “saddened” by the “unfortunate” walking out of JD-U from NDA and maintained that it would weaken the fight against Congress. Party Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi termed it as “very unfortunate” but said, “This is not the end of the world. More allies will come to NDA.”
Mr Sushil Modi referred to the JD-U’s parting of ways with the BJP-led NDA after the 17-year partnership as a ‘black chapter’ in the political history of Bihar.
Stating that the BJP has taken the JD-U’s split from the NDA as a breach of its trust as well of the voters, he said that the saffron party has decided to call for ‘Bihar bandh’ on 18 June to protest against the opportunistic conduct of the former alliance partner and to appeal to the people to take revenge on the former for its ‘deceit’ in the next general elections.
Mr Modi said all essential services and small vehicles will be allowed to ply during the day-long bandh on Wednesday and urged party workers to observe the protest in a peaceful manner.
Mr Modi launched a scathing attack on Mr Kumar for treating the NDA’s landslide victory in the last Assembly polls as his own and said he should have instead resigned as the NDA’s chief minister and sought election as the JD-U legislature party leader.
On the BJP’s strategy in the state legislature where Nitish Kumar will seek to prove majority on 19 June, the former deputy chief minister said his party would not seek to destabilise the
JD-U government during the remaining 30-month term, but will definitely present its ‘deceit’ before the people.
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