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BJP ministers to boycott Bihar Cabinet meet called by Nitish Kumar

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Jun 16, 2013 at 10:36am IST

Patna: Bihar BJP ministers are likely to skip the Cabinet meeting called by Nitish Kumar on Sunday at 11:30 am. Meanwhile, Janata Dal United leaders also threatened to wipe out the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from Bihar once they formally take on the Bharatiya Janata Party.

BJP state president Mangal Pandey said that there was no meaning in attending the Cabinet meeting when JD(U) leaders were trying to lure other legislators in a bid to form their own government.

The JD(U) and BJP, who have been allies for 17 years, are at loggerheads over the BJP's decision to give a larger role to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who Nitish Kumar says is unacceptable to his party.

BJP ministers to boycott Bihar Cabinet meet called by Nitish

Meanwhile, Janata Dal United leaders also threatened to wipe out the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from Bihar once they formally take on the Bharatiya Janata Party.

JD(U) spokesman Rajiv Ranjan said that the BJP's decision to boycott the cabinet meeting was unfortunate. "The BJP ministers are violating their constitutional duty and making it clear that they want to end the alliance," he said.

He said BJP ministers had earier stopped attending their office and returned the official vehicles although the alliance with the JD(U), despite mounting tensions, was still in force.

As the BJP is throwing its weight behind it's poster boy Narendra Modi, the Bihar Chief Minister is hoping to position himself as the biggest champion of minorities. So far, Nitish Kumar has always been very careful of not attacking Modi directly but after the BJP-JD(U) that could change.

Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar has already reached out to non-Congress and non-BJP Chief Ministers and his game plan is clear. If the BJP depends on Modi to polarise voters, the Bihar Chief Minister hopes to be the big beneficiary of reverse polarisation.

With Additional Inputs from IANS

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