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Updated: June 17, 2013 00:47 IST

BJP-JD(U) break-up unfortunate: Rajnath

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BJP president Rajnath Singh with Delhi president Vijay Goel and Bharatiya Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur being welcomed at the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo; Rajeev Bhatt
The Hindu BJP president Rajnath Singh with Delhi president Vijay Goel and Bharatiya Yuva Morcha president Anurag Thakur being welcomed at the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo; Rajeev Bhatt

Terming the break-up between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (United) unfortunate, BJP president Rajnath Singh said he was “saddened” by the “unfortunate” walking out of the JD (U) from the National Democratic Alliance and maintained that it would weaken the fight against the Congress.

“It was an emotional relationship”

Mr. Singh said the BJP had always treated the JD (U) as a younger brother and their relationship of 17 years was not a political but an emotional one. He was speaking on Sunday at the ‘Youth for Change 2013’ rally organised by the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha at Talkatora Stadium to highlight issues related to the youth. He said there was no reason that any other political party should object to the appointment of a popular and successful Chief Minister such as Narendra Modi as head of the BJP election campaign committee.

The BJP national president said if Mr. Modi was being considered communal because of the 2002 post-Godhra riots, there have been thousands of riots in the 24 years of Congress rule since Independence. He pointed out that in 2000, the BJP was a bigger party than the JD (U) in Bihar as it had 60 seats while the JD (U) won only “36/37 seats” yet it chose a JD (U) leader to become Chief Minister.

“By withdrawing from the alliance JD (U) has weakened our fight against the Congress. By breaking this relationship how do they think that the country can be freed of Congress rule,” he added. Mr. Singh warned the JD (U) that a party which does not care for the feelings of the people in a democratic country cannot survive for long.

The BJP president also slammed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government on its “failure to generate employment for the youth and for being mired in corruption at all levels”. “The BJP-led NDA Government generated around 7 crore jobs during its tenure whereas the Congress-led UPA Government has failed to create even a fraction of this during the last nine years,” said Mr. Singh.

“Youth facing tough times”

The youth of the Capital have been completely ignored by the Congress Government in Delhi, said Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. “Whether it is the shortage of college seats or lack of employment seats, the youth of the city are facing a tough time,” he said, adding that the BJP will open 15 new colleges when it comes to power so that all students in Delhi can get admissions.

“The BJP will provide laptops and educational books on concessional rates for the students in the city. It will also set up a Youth Commission to formulate specific policies for the youth in the Capital and to oversee their implementation. The party will ensure that the education is linked to skill development and the city provides enough employment opportunities to the youth,” said the Delhi BJP chief.

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The throwing away of BJP by its allied Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar
from the government on the ground of Narendra Modi has exposed him
badly. Yesterday, the electronic media almost all channels showed his
proximity to Narendra Modi in 2003 just after a year the infamous riot
had taken place. Addressing a public meeting meeting in Gujarat he
openly exhorted Modi to come out of Gujarat and play a bigger role.
Now when he came out of Gujarat, the person who broke the alliance is
Nitish Kumar. No body will believe that he opposed Narendra Modi on
ideological grounds. In the whole episode the image of Bihar CM has
dwindled and BJP has gained political weightage. Thanks to media for
showing the clippings of 2003. In fact, whatever he has done,has done
to meet his own personal agenda of becoming PM of India and fight the
next election on his own. His rosy dreams will be shattered no doubt.
Yours faithfully;

from:  BIMAL CHANDRA JHA, Patna
Posted on: Jun 17, 2013 at 04:26 IST

I also feel Nitish decision is most unfortunate. Since it is personal centric and prejudiced. Till yesterday for 17 years Nitish was with Modi. In NDA.Because he is elevated now , Nitish raising secularism slogan now only.

I think time is up for BJP to declare Modi as PM.

Afterall BJP is the major party in NDA whose fate should not be allowed to be chartered by its ally.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Jun 17, 2013 at 00:51 IST

BJP is playing its cards right.Disgruntled parties both inside and
outside are systematically flushed out giving ample time for
planning.If things go right, BJP stands to gain much. If BJP can
cross 200 mark, rest will fall in line. Even JD(U) may find BJP with
NaMo secular at that point.

from:  Anil KNB
Posted on: Jun 17, 2013 at 00:05 IST

Well done Nitish Kumar! I just want to share an experience that few
years back a late renowned leader Dig vijay singh contested the
election from Banka constituency in alliance with BJP but
unfortunately failed, because Muslims had not cast their franchise
in favor of him, BJP was the main factor behind his failure, but on
the request of Muslims and other secular Hindus he contested the
election again independently and won by record margin, same story
will be repeated by Nitish Kumar in in 2014 Lok Sabha election.

from:  Shafi Anam JNU
Posted on: Jun 16, 2013 at 22:57 IST

Bjp has lossd his friend jdu in bhihar

from:  Anil Patil
Posted on: Jun 16, 2013 at 22:55 IST

Rajnathji., You committed a himalayan blunder by hyping up the
appointment of Modi. In the current coalition era, you cannot afford
to unilaterally project someone as a possible prime minister. You lost
your only southern base, Karnataka and in the North, the only big
state you have is Madhya Pradesh, where the Chief Minister is doing
good work without much publicity. You are yet to build your grass
roots Organization in most parts of the Country and you are totally
dependent on RSS for help. You need Modi to provide the resources for
the campaign and hence you have to listen to his dictates. You have
alienated tall leaders like Advani and they may not put their heart
and soul in to the campaign next year. In the current state of
affairs, you may be able to win only around 150 seats in the Lok Sabha
pools. God save BJP.

from:  Kousalya Murali
Posted on: Jun 16, 2013 at 22:00 IST
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