New Delhi: With ally JD(U) strongly opposed
to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigning in Bihar,
BJP has kept him out of its list of star campaigners for the
upcoming Assembly polls and indicated that it would not raise
the Ayodhya issue in the state.
Varun Gandhi also does not figure in the list.
The party indicated that the Ayodhya title suit verdict
would not be made an election issue in Bihar polls and
development and law and order issues would be highlighted to
ensure that JD(U)-BJP alliance retains power.
"The Ayodhya verdict will not be an election issue. It is
much more than that for us," a senior BJP leader said.
This is significant as Advani and Joshi, who have been
actively associated with the Ayodhya movement, will be
campaigning in the state.
In return for keeping Narendra Modi and the Hindutva
issue on the backburner, Nitish agreed to give BJP 102 seats -
the same as in 2005, a BJP leader said.
"JD(U) has already said that it would go with the court
verdict in the Ayodhya title suit case. Now, the verdict has
come in our favour so JD(U) will have to reconcile with
that," the BJP leader said.