Nitish puts the ball in BJP court to decide on Modi issue

Favouring continuation of the "old arrangement" during the Bihar Assembly polls, CM Nitish Kumar today left it to the BJP to decide whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will campaign for the party during elections.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 15:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Favouring continuation of the
"old arrangement" during the Bihar Assembly polls, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today left it to the BJP to decide whether Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will campaign for
the party during elections.

"BJP has to solve this. We are in favour of the old
arrangment," Kumar told reporters here referring to JD(U)
opposition to the presence of Modi during the campaign in the
Lok Sabha elections.

"I hope they (BJP) will be able to solve the issue in an
appropriate manner," Kumar said indicating that the BJP will
concede to the demands of JD(U) to keep Modi away from Bihar.

To a question on his party leader Shivanand Tiwari
wanting to break up the alliance with the BJP, he said
the party followed democratic norms where everyone has right
to express his or her views."

Asked whether any possibility of Ayodhya cout verdict
having any effect on Bihar Assembly elections, he said the
JD(U) stand has been to resolve the issue either through
dialogue or through court.

"All should accept the decision of the court. Any
aggrieved party can always move the higher court. There should
not be any controversy on court`s decision. We are against
people who create trouble," he said.

The Bihar CM said he has explained JD(U) stand on the
Ayodhya issue to senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley during their
meeting in Patna yesterday.

Kumar said the issue of seat sharing with BJP will be
settled before September 27 when the notification for the
first phase of election is issued.
He said like previous occasion JD(U) and BJP will have
separate election manifestoes and indicated that common
minimum programme could be issued, if the alliance returned to
power.
Kumar has asked the Election Commission and Centre to
provide adequate central forces to cover all booths during
elections.

PTI