New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United) on Saturday made it clear that there was no question of the party allying with the Congress even if the situation arose. "The Congress is not an ally. The BJP is our ally," JD(U) General Secretary KC Tyagi said at a press conference.
Tyagi evaded questions on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, though he did not hesitate to say that he had failed to tackle the 2002 riots. He also added that the Congress had no right to question Modi on moral grounds as it had committed "similar atrocities in Delhi", a veiled reference to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
While calling the BJP an ally, the JD(U) said that it could not put any pressure on the party for early declaration of the PM candidate. "Till the BJP Parliamentary Board comes up with the name of a PM candidate, we would not like to comment," Tyagi also said. He, however, indicated that the party was not averse to LK Advani's leadership. "We have earlier fought elections under LK Advani, how can we change our view now?" Tyagi asked.
The strong undercurrent of bitterness between the two allies, however, was apparent when Tyagi said that the BJP had failed to follow the "coalition dharma" in Karnataka, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. "The JD(U) and the BJP have been allies for a long time. The JD(U) and the BJP fought elections together in Karnataka, but later, the BJP could not continue the coalition dharma," Tyagi said. "The BJP is not following coalition dharma in Karnataka, Jharkhand and UP," he added.
KC Tyagi also ruled out any possibility of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar being in the race for the PM post.