Bihar BJP minister lashes out at Nitish
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Last Updated: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 16:07
  
Patna: In a sign of fissure in the ruling NDA in Bihar, a BJP minister on Sunday lashed out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for "suddenly discovering" that his Gujarat counterpart was "communal".

Apparently referring to Kumar's plan to build a secular image ahead of the assembly polls, state Cooperative Minister Giriraj Singh said, "How come he treat BJP as his friend with its icon Modi being unacceptable."

"The chief minister has been trying to create a secular image for himself by publicly distancing from Modi," he told reporters here.

Singh's outburst comes a day after Kumar cancelled a dinner party yesterday for BJP top brass in disapproval of an advertisement featuring him with Modi and another on Gujarat's aid during the floods in Bihar two years ago.

"Kumar had never raised his antipathy for Modi in the past when he was a minister in the NDA government at Centre from 1998-2004, while the latter was the organising secretary and later General secretary of BJP before being elevated as Gujarat chief minister," Singh said.

He also claimed that Kumar became the chief minister because of BJP's help in 2005 when there was an alleged internal bickering among JD-U leaders for accepting him as their leader.

According to him, BJP was not sharing power with Kumar for the sake of power or office but to keep the "anarchic forces" at bay.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 13, 2010, 16:07


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