`JD-U to fight Assembly polls in Bihar in tie-up with BJP`
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 23:31
  
Chennai: Notwithstanding the strains in their relations with BJP, JD(U) will fight next year's elections in Bihar in alliance with the saffron outfit, party's national president Sharad Yadav said on Saturday.

"Alliance with the BJP is an old one. We will fight the elections from the same alliance and we will work out the seat adjustments," he told reporters here.

He described as "media speculation" reports of alleged differences between the two parties over seat-sharing.

Yadav, also convenor of the BJP-led NDA, however, parried questions on senior BJP leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, when asked if the two would jointly campaign for elections.

Relations between the two parties had hit a low recently when Kumar had objected to an advertising blitz by the BJP showing him with Modi, forcing him to cancel a dinner he was scheduled to host for the BJP leaders in Patna.

To a question on Patna High Court ordering a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in execution of welfare and developmental schemes including the MNREGA, he said he would react after "reading the verdict."

He however denied it had "dented" his party's image ahead of elections. "Our image is not so weak. We believe in transparency. I will read the verdict and react," he said.

Hitting out at the UPA for its "all-round failure", he said it had failed on many fronts including controlling prices, corruption and blamed the taxation policy for the fuel price hike. Charging UPA allies including DMK with indulging in corruption, he, however, spared Trinamool Congress and its chief Mamata Banerjee.

He said opposition parties will raise the issue of price rise in Parliament in the coming session.

Criticising the attack on a TV station, allegedly by RSS workers in New Delhi yesterday, he said violence had no place in a democracy.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 23:31


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