New Delhi: The BJP on Monday sought to play down the
row over two advertisements involving Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi and his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, saying it
would not allow a "small reason" to lose focus from its
"Our (BJP) agenda is to consolidate all those who want to
challenge the Congress party for their misgovernance... we
are a national party with a lot of resilience. It is our
primary duty to work with all non-Congress formations who want
the country to be strong. We will see that our national cause
will not get deterred by any small reason," BJP spokesman
Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.
He stressed that the controversial photograph showing Modi
and Kumar holding hands was "not created" by the Gujarat Chief
"It is a fact that Narendra Modi did not create this
photograph that appeared. It is not fictitious. It had
actually appeared (earlier). It was there," Rudy said.
He said the advertisements in newspapers in Bihar were
issued by "some social activists" to highlight Modi`s first
visit to the eastern state since 2001.
Asked whether Modi`s visit could lead to BJP`s
confrontation with Kumar, Rudy said "this is your perception.
We do not believe so."
To a question whether Modi would campaign for the upcoming
Assembly Elections in Bihar, Rudy said it was up to the state
unit of the party to request him to do so.
"Going by the kind of response he (Modi) got at
yesterday`s rally, I believe he would be welcome in Bihar," he
said, and pointed out that BJP had 55 members in the Bihar
Assembly against 84 of JD(U).