New Delhi: Despite BJP claims of back
channel communication with JD(U) in a "cordial atmosphere",
the strain in relationship between the two in Bihar was once
again visible today with the saffron party deferring a
decision on participating in the next `Vishwas Yatra` in Gaya.
BJP President Nitin Gadkari held a meeting with Bihar
party unit Chief C P Thakur and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Modi to discuss the alliance with JD(U). Central leaders Ravi
Shankar Prasad and Shahnawaz Hussain, who hail from the state,
were also present.
Soon after the meeting, some of the senior leaders from
the state maintained that Sushil Modi will not participate in
However, the Central leadership insisted that no
directions had been given to party`s Bihar unit about the
"Reports in the media are baseless. No directions have
been issued to the state unit on whether to attend or not to
attend the Vishwas Yatra," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain
Meanwhile, sources claimed communication between the two
parties is taking place "in a cordial atmosphere".
Hussain said the meeting between Gadkari and Bihar
leaders did not discuss the rally due to the deaths of former
Union Minister and MP Digvijay Singh and Sudha Srivastava,
Minister of Planning in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s cabinet.
Meanwhile, top brass of JD(U) and BJP are in touch with
each other, according to sources.
"We are working towards building bridges between the two
parties after some lack of confidence had developed between
them," a senior BJP leader said.