New Delhi: JD(U) today made it clear that
its alliance with BJP would remain intact despite recent
bickerings, saying it was a "necessity" for the two parties
to remain together.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav said bygones should be
forgotten and the coalition partners should look towards the
upcoming Assembly elections in Bihar where it is facing
formidable challenge from RJD-LJP combine.
"The incident (of bickerings) was unfortunate. But, at
the same time, it underlined the necessity of the alliance.
This is the desire of the people of Bihar that this alliance
continues," Yadav told PTI in an interview.
He was responding when asked to comment on sparring
between the two parties after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra
Modi`s photograph holding his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar`s
hand appeared in newspapers in the state.
Kumar, who belongs to JD(U) was furious over it and
cancelled dinner to be hosted for BJP leaders assembled in
Patna for the National Executive on June 12.
This led to a public spat between leaders of BJP and
JD(U), with some sections on both sides demanding split.
Asked whether he apprehended the incidents to have a
bearing on the forthcoming Assembly elections to be held by
November, the JD(U) chief said, "This will not impact our
votes. Whatever happened on June 12 is past now. We will fight
together and win in the assembly polls this year."
On JD(U)`s prospects in the upcoming polls, he said the
party had realised that it fared badly in last September`s
Assembly by-polls because of bad selection of candidates and
would ensure the same does not happen now.
"We lost seats in the by-elections because of wrong
selection of candidates. It was not because RJD and LJP had
emerged stronger. We will ensure that the mistakes in ticket
distribution are not repeated this time," he said.
In the bypolls for 18 seats, JD(U) managed only three
and BJP two while RJD-LJP combine bagged eight seats.
The NDA Convener said Congress was "not a factor in
Bihar" and the JD(U)-BJP combine will have to face "contest"