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Sushil Modi meets Advani to discuss ties with ally JD(U)

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 17:55

New Delhi: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and
senior BJP leader Sushil Modi Tuesday met senior BJP leader L K
Advani to discuss the future of the troubled alliance with
key ally JD(U) in the state.

Modi, who reached the capital this morning to attend a
meeting of Bihar BJP core group with party president Nitin
Gadkari, is understood to have apprised Advani about the
latest developments in the relationship between the two
long-term allies.

Modi was accompanied by party chief spokesperson Ravi
Shankar Prasad, who also hails from Bihar.

Party sources said Gadkari`s meeting with the Bihar core
group in the evening would be crucial as he will take a
decision on the future of ties with JD(U) after listening to
the views and advice of the state leaders.

Advani has already made it clear that a final decision
on the matter would be taken by Gadkari. However, he is
keeping a close watch on the situation and has talked to his
party leaders on the issue.

Meanwhile, two senior JD(U) leaders, on condition of
anonymity, today said that they are averse to the idea of
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi or BJP leader Varun
Gandhi taking part in the campaigning for upcoming Assembly
Elections in Bihar.

Sources in JD(U) said that any compromise over allowing
Modi and Varun in Bihar during elections is "unlikely" and the
party has no qualms in going it alone for the Assembly
Elections if BJP remains adamant on sending Modi and Gandhi to

Asked whether the party has placed any such demand to
the BJP, a top party leader said, "They have not gone
there even in earlier elections."

BJP sources, however, said that they had not received
any such demand from JD(U).

"We have not received any such demand. But even if JD(U)
makes any such request we are not going to accept it. After
all, accepting this demand would also adversely impact the
reputation of Modi in the party and with the public at large,"
a senior BJP leader said.

Relations between JD(U) and BJP soured during the June
12-13 BJP national executive in Patna when Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar objected to advertisements praising Narendra Modi
for giving flood relief to Bihar in 2008 and showing the two
leaders clasping hands.

Yesterday, Gadkari and M Venkaiah Naidu had a meeting
with Advani on the Bihar issue. Earlier in the day, BJP Bihar
unit chief C P Thakur and former Union minister from the state
Shahnawaz Hussain had called on him.


First Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 17:55
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