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BJP rejects JD(U) criticism of Modi, asks it to focus on defeating UPA

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Disapproving of JD(U)’s remarks against Narendra Modi, BJP on Sunday firmly stood behind the Gujarat Chief Minister saying no “unfounded inferences” should be drawn against him. File photo
PTI Disapproving of JD(U)’s remarks against Narendra Modi, BJP on Sunday firmly stood behind the Gujarat Chief Minister saying no “unfounded inferences” should be drawn against him. File photo

Disapproving of JD(U)’s remarks against Narendra Modi, BJP on Sunday firmly stood behind the Gujarat Chief Minister saying no “unfounded inferences” should be drawn against him.

“We reject all unfounded inferences against Narendra Modi,” party spokesperson Nirmala Sitaraman told reporters in New Delhi, adding it was “unfortunate” that allies were “concentrating their energies” on BJP Chief Ministers and diluting the focus on the battle to oust UPA.

Without naming JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, she said the BJP expects allies to keep their main focus on removing the “non-performing and corrupt UPA led government which is taking the “country on a downslide in every field”.

“The BJP expects opposition parties and allies to keep their main focus on that. However, it is unfortunate, if they concentrate their energies on our Chief Ministers and dilute the focus of removing the UPA. The BJP will continue its determined efforts in this direction,” she said.

Her reaction came soon after the Bihar Chief Minister and his party JD(U) made no bones about reservations on Mr. Modi, giving BJP eight-month deadline to declare its Prime ministerial candidate having “secular credibility beyond doubt” for the next general elections.

The JD(U) had on Saturday criticised Mr. Modi saying he “failed in discharging his duties as the head of the state to check communal riots in Gujarat in 2002”.

The party in its political resolution at its National Council meeting in New Delhi on Sunday said the candidate for Prime Ministership should be someone like Atal Bihari Vajpayee or otherwise it will have “negative results.

Mr. Nitish Kumar also took a dig at Mr. Modi for his frequent reference to the Gujarat model of development, saying many people accept it as development even when a developed state grows, and stressed that there is a need to see from where did a particular state start its development march.

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By belittling the BJP, the JDU has nothing to gain. Hence one wonders whether the JDU is
playing the Congress Party's game.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 12:28 IST

Speculation was rife for long but the much awaited response of Nitish kumar is now out in the open setting all speculations at rest . Nitish kumar has raised many pertinent issues that are difficult to ignore. His assertion that development that is not inclusive and representative, the development that does not empower all the sections of the society is meaningless raises a very fundamental question about the ideal growth model that a pluralist society like India needs to follow . While articulating his concerns in his soft spoken manner he has given a not-so-veiled threat to BJP to either choose a Vajpayee like leader who can take everyone along or face the wrath of the people and more importantly its political allies.
BJP now is caught in a dilemma of the decade. In Narendra Modi they have a leader who has become synonymous with growth & development, a leader who has apparently the maximum appeal among its rank & file, a leader who with his aggression and jingoism has captured the imagination of middle class.
The decision regarding whether or not to declare Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate has to be a considered and balanced one weighing all the pros and cons . Any miscalculation may prove very dear to them . This one , for sure , will change the course of Indian politics .

from:  Mithileshwar Thakur
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 00:22 IST

The BJP does have only LK Advani with a stature much alike the suave
Atalji Vajapayee Sahib.
We do not find such greats among the younger ones. In any case to fight the UPA the NDA would need to nominate a younger person be it a man or woman who would be able to fight with claws if necessary with the
money laden UPA and his bag of sins which have caused so many suicides in the rural areas of our Bhart Mahan.

from:  subbanarasu divakaran
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 00:10 IST

It is indeed right time for BJP to immediately disassociate with JD[U] and BJP on its own should fight all seats in Bihar and teach Nitish and JD[U] a lesson. To further teach a lesson immediately BJP must consider sending a signal bold and clear to withdraw support in Bihar and give people of Bihar to choose their leaders, political party and the Government.Let JD[U] decide its fate at State and national level. All outfits of BJP viz. RSS, VHP, BAJARANG DAL, ABVP, Swadeshi Movement etc. must understand to forget their all differences and come together to ensure a thumping victory of all BJP candidates in the ensuing general election. BJP must have a vision, mission and a strategic action plan to accomplish both these through drawing a precise road map and PERT chart, who should do what and when.

from:  Dr Amrit Patel
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 22:00 IST

I agree with BJP. Nitish should concentrate on how to remove this corrupt UPA rather than focussing his energy on Modi. He has no right to choose a leader for another party. If he does not want to ally with BJP let him be open. THen we can ask Modi to go all out and canvass in Bihar itself. Modi is the only leader I see now with a national stature. He is the one who can take decisions for India be it Kashmir or China or Pakistan or China. As people of India we should understand the threat our country is facing and this UPA government cannot solve these issue.

from:  Ragav
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 21:24 IST
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