Debating India

JD (U) to review ties with BJP

Thursday 9 June 2005, by PARSAI*Gargi

NEW DELHI: Janata Dal (United), one of the major National Democratic Alliance constituents, is meeting here on Thursday to review its relations with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the wake of the resignation of L.K. Advani from the party’s presidentship.

Sources said the JD (U) sees in this development an opportunity to keep its options open on parting ways with the BJP, a covert demand from a section of the party. The party, they said, was not keen to do business with the BJP if it were to be headed by a "hardliner’’. This stand is also meant to bring pressure on the BJP to persuade Mr. Advani to return. Saying that the party did not consider the developments in the BJP as an internal matter, JD (U) general secretary K.C. Tyagi said on Wednesday that the views expressed by the Sangh Parivar were "against the basics on which the NDA was formed’’.

The JD (U)’s stand has been that the BJP should keep the Hindutva agenda out of the NDA. Now if a hardliner were to become the new president then the JD (U) would have to review its position on continuing in the alliance, he said.

Mr. Tyagi said the JD (U)’s focus now was on the coming Bihar elections. On Friday the party would parade about 130 MLAs in New Delhi to assert that it had the numbers to form a Government in Bihar before the Centre dissolved the Assembly following a midnight decision.

A delegation of 15 MLAs would meet President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and complain against the dissolution.

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