Patna: BJP on Wednesday downplayed desertion of its former MLC Sanjay Jha to join JD(U) and said that he would continue to play a major role in strengthening the relations between the two NDA allies.
"It is a personal decision of Jha to leave BJP to join JD(U)," BJP national spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters here.
Stating that the former BJP MLC has had good ties with the JD(U) and the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he said that he would expect Jha to play his usual role in fostering ties between the two NDA allies.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too had expressed similar views on Jha`s decision to join JD(U) and said that the latter had informed BJP leaders in advance about his decision.
It was Jha`s wish to join the JD(U) and the party had taken him into its-fold, Kumar said.
A section of the state unit BJP leadership has, however, expressed dismay at Jha`s desertion of the BJP to join JD(U) and a party leader Mrityunjaya Jha described former MLC as an `opportunist`.
Jha had yesterday joined the JD(U).
Replying to a question on the chargesheeting of former
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the BJP leader said he was baffled at the silence of the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
"It is baffling that the Congress chief has maintained silence on the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which a former chief minister has been chargesheeted," he said.
"It cannot get more ridiculous and unfortune when the two former chief ministers Ashok Chawan and Vilasrao Deshmukh pass the buck on each other over the Adarsh housing scam in which flats were meant for the widows of the Kargil war martyrs and alloted to politicians and bureaucrats," he said.
Prasad also slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for proposing to allow MLAs to spend Rs 20 lakh from MLA LAD fund to buy cars and later withdrawing it.
"Yadav appears to be wavering from his commitment to ameliorate the condition of the people of Uttar Pradesh by proposing to give Rs 20 lakh to the MLAs to buy luxury vehicles," he said and urged him not to take a decision in haste that will send a wrong political message.