UP polls: BJP, JD(U) to compete on `Bihar model`

BJP, in its vision document for UP polls, has highlighted the governance of the BJP-JD(U) coalition government in Bihar.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2012, 10:25 AM IST

New Delhi: After failing to firm up a
pre-poll arrangement for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, NDA
allies BJP and JD(U) are competing with each other to sell the
`Bihar model` of development to garner votes.

BJP, in its vision document for UP polls, has highlighted
the governance of the BJP-JD(U) coalition government in Bihar,
especially focussing on infrastructure development, and
promised to replicate it in UP if it comes to power.

"BJP has equal share in the success of Bihar model of
development and hence has the right to highlight it," BJP
spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said.

He was responding when asked why BJP was projecting
Bihar`s development in Uttar Pradesh when the party was
contesting separately from JD(U) in the state.

However, this projection by BJP does not appear to have
gone down well with its ally JD(U).

"Since they (BJP) have chosen Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi as their star campaigner, it would have been
better if BJP had talked about Gujarat model," said K C Tyagi,
JD(U) general secretary and close confidante of party
President Sharad Yadav.

He said the success of the Bihar model was mainly due to
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and that he expected his party to
benefit by highlighting Bihar`s good governance.

He said Nitish Kumar would be campaigning for the party
candidates in Uttar Pradesh.

JD(U) MP Ali Anwar, the Muslim face of the party, said
BJP had got the Muslim votes in Bihar because of Nitish Kumar
but the same advantage would not be there for it in Uttar
Pradesh where the two parties are contesting separately.

PTI