Patna: To invite Narendra Modi or not? That seems to be the Hamletian dilemma for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), part of the ruling alliance in Bihar, with one leader saying yes and the other a firm no. BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Wednesday quite firmly that the Gujarat chief minister should not be invited for the April 15 'hunkar' rally of the party.
Though the rally, said to be a show of strength for the BJP, is only in April, the debate over the party's man in Gujarat is already intensifying. In an interview to a local daily, Sushil Modi said that it was not just Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (of the Janata Dal-United) but the BJP's central leadership too that had decided at the very outset not to engage Narendra Modi in Bihar.
"There is nothing personal in it. Given the social composition, ground reality and the NDA's political interest in the state, the BJP central leadership did not think it wise to employ him (Narendra Modi) in Bihar. And there is no reason for the party to amend its strategy now," he said.
Last week, state BJP president CP Thakur had announced that the party would invite the controversial Gujarat chief minister for the rally. On Wednesday, he amended the stance a bit. "We had said we would call him. But if Sushil Modi is saying this, we will sit together and discuss the matter," Thakur said.
04:39 PM, Oct 10, 2012
Patna: The rift between the Janata Dal (United) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), coalition partners in the Bihar government, has widened. The latter on Friday called for a Hunkaar rally in the state in April 2013, in response to the Adhikaar rally by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. More importantly, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi is expected to participate in the BJP's rally. Modi and Nitish do not see eye-to-eye and...
03:28 PM, Oct 05, 2012