NDA muddle: How Nitish Kumar’s JD-U slowly drifts away from BJP

NDA muddle: How Nitish Kumar’s JD-U slowly drifts away from BJP

A BIHARPOST SPECIAL REPORT


PATNA: The ruling JD-U in Bihar led by chief minister Nitish Kumar looks slowly drifting away from its ally, the BJP, as the latter goes on raking up contentious issues.

The latest issue of confrontation between two NDA allies is RSS’s demand for bringing a law for constructing Ram Temple at Ayodhya.

“The matter concerning Ram temple is currently pending in the Supreme Court. We must wait (for the judgement),” JD-U principal general secretary KC Tyagi told the media today adding the court’s judgment would be acceptable to all.

Bhagwat in his annual Vijayadahmi address today asked the Centre to come out with a law for constructing long-awaited Ram temple saying it was necessary for “self-esteem point of view”.

The demand comes at a time when the matter is pending in the Supreme Court and the court is to resume hearing over the issue from 29 October.

This is the second time in quick succession that the JD-U has distanced itself from BJP’s move to touch the controversial issues.

Last month, the JD-U had opposed the Centre’s idea of bringing an ordinance for making the controversial Islamic practice of instant divorce a punishable offence.

“The JD-U does not agree with the ordinance brought by the Centre over the Muslim divorce practice of triple talaq,” JD-U’s national general secretary Tyagi had said soon after the ordinance by brought by the centre.

“We think the issue should be left to the Muslim community and let them find out the solution to this problem,” he added.

The JD-U leadership is also angry over delay being made at the level of the BJP to finalise the seat-sharing deal with its allies.

Right now, the JD-U leadership has no idea about how many seats and which one seats it will be getting under the seat-sharing arrangement. This has hampered JD-U’s plan to focus on its seats.

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