Bihar polls: Nitish firm against Modi for campaign

Favouring continuation of "old arrangement", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today remained firm in his opposition to Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi campaigning in upcoming Assembly polls.

Patna/New Delhi: Favouring continuation of
"old arrangement", Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today
remained firm in his opposition to Gujarat counterpart
Narendra Modi campaigning in upcoming Assembly polls and put
the ball in BJP`s court to resolve this issue.

"Whatever our stand is it is well known. We are in favour
of the old arrangement. We have made it clear that the
arrangement that was there last time will continue this time
too," Kumar told reporters in New Delhi and Patna when asked
about opposition by his party JD(U) to Modi canvassing for the
ruling alliance.

Modi was kept away from campaigning for the JD(U)-BJP
combine in Bihar during last year`s Lok Sabha elections under
the previous arrangement.

Nitish however left it to the BJP to resolve the issue
saying it was their "internal arrangement."

"We are looking at the elections and this is definite
that it has to be solved by the BJP.

It is BJP`s internal arrangement. Let them solve it on
their own and I feel that they will solve it in an appropriate
manner," Nitish said.

The BJP on its part virtually said the JD(U) cannot
dictate terms.

The saffron party said its executive body would decide
as to who would campaign during the assembly polls.

"Party Karyasamiti yeh tay karegi ki kaun kaun neta
upyogi honge (party executive body will decide who will
campaign in Bihar)", BJP national spokesman Syed Shahnawaz
Hussain, MP, told reporters in Patna.

He, however, evaded a direct reply to a volley of
questions on Modi campaigning in Bihar saying, "I have already
clarified the position."

"Role of every worker from grassroots to Centre will be
important in the crucial campaign for seeking a second term
for NDA in Bihar", Hussain said.

"Top leaders of the party in consultation with the state
leaders are involved in the strategy for ensuring the victory
of the alliance", he said, adding it was not a matter who
should or who should not campaign" but whosoever will be
deemed fit and appropriate for the purpose their services will
be roped in."

He said the state election body of BJP would be meeting
day after tomorrow for chalking out the election-related
strategy.

PTI

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