PATNA: The ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) in Bihar headed by chief minister NItish Kumar looks only too eager to join the company of BJP which it dumped in 2013 over the issue of Narendra Modi. The JD-U had described him as a man with hardline Hindutva image.
What had been under wraps for days became clearer on Tuesday when JD-U’s national spokesperson KC Tyagi showered praises on the BJP.
“The JD-U was more comfortable with the BJP,” Tyagi told a TV news channel today, amply indicating his party’s plan.
The statement came after both its allies, the RJD and the Congress, hit out at the chief minister for supporting the NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind against opposition’s Meira Kumar.
Strangely, Nitish Kumar was the first opposition leader to lend his party support to the NDA’s candidate even before the opposition selected its candidate.
Till couple of days back, the JD-U was attacking the BJP government at the centre and questioning the move of the Narendra Modi government in raising the “contentious” issues of construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya, uniform civil code and Article 370.
Suddenly, however, the entire JD-U looks eagerly waiting to join the company of Narendra Modi whom it had bitterly criticized in the past and also cancelled the dinner it had hosted in honour visiting BJP leaders attending BJP’s executive meet in Patna in 2010 just when the party carried advertisements in newspapers showing Kumar clasping hands with the Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat facing 2002 communal riots.
It that was not enough, Kumar even gave interviews to the media, setting priorities and “virtues” of NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate. The interview came just before the NDA was debating about naming its PM’s candidate and Kumar got himself in the race.
“The leader of the coalition should have secular credentials and liberal frame of mind,” Kumar said in an interview to The Economic Times.
“It should be someone who has absolute faith in democratic values. In a multi-religious and multi-lingual country like ours, the leader should not have rough edges in his personality, he added, virtually making it clear that Modi would not be acceptable to his party.
He also hinted in his interview that the JD-U would walk out of the BJP-led NDA if Modi was projected as PM candidate. He did so later.
The same JD-U now strangely misses the company of the BJP and wants to befriend Modi without any delay.