Shivanand Tiwari praises Narendra Modi, heckled by party workers
Zee Media Bureau
Patna: Rajya Sabha MP and JD(U) general secretary Shivanand Tiwari, who earlier favoured an alliance with the Congress, on Tuesday hailed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi’s BJP and Nitish Kumar`s Janata Dal (United) separated after 17 years of their alliance earlier this year.
There was an uproar at JD(U)’s `Chintan Shivir`, which began yesterday, when Tiwari hailed Modi, the reason behind the BJP-JD(U) split, for his struggle. Modi, despite being from poor background, rose to great heights, noted Tiwari.
“I am an admirer of Modi. Coming from a poor background, he has worked hard to reach where he has today,” Tiwari said from the dais.
He, however, added that Modi’s ideology is a big challenge for them. Tiwari was then heckled by party workers.
The JD(U) leader added that Nitish Kumar is surrounded by people who have never worked at the grassroots level.
Tiwari also reportedly said Nitish should not be “jealous” of Modi.
He also added that there is no harm in “working together with a large heart”.
This led to JD(U) members standing up and shouting him down.
Later, Tiwari defended his comments, saying: "I am not disappointed. I said whatever I wanted to. I made the comments in front of the party, not publicly."
Reacting to Tiwari’s statement, senior BJP leader and former minister Giriraj Singh said the JD(U) leader would be welcome to join the BJP.
The idea of an alliance with the Congress was first publicly aired by Tiwari, who sought to justify his stand by saying that the anti-Congressism started by veteran socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia was now over.
Tiwari, who argued this stand was relevant when the Congress was all powerful, also hinted that the JD(U) would take a final decision about it at its `Chintan Shivir` in Rajgir in Nalanda district on October 27-28.
Bihar`s ruling JD(U) is divided over entering into an alliance with the Congress for the next General Elections though no decision has been taken yet.
A powerful group led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, soft towards the Congress, is in favour of an alliance with it to counter BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, while a group led by party president Sharad Yadav pins its hope on an anti-BJP, anti-Congress front.
(With IANS inputs)
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