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Updated: June 13, 2010 18:16 IST

JD(U) downplays row, says alliance with BJP quite old

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JD (U) president Sharad Yadav maintained that ties with the BJP were quite old. File photo: S. Subramanium
The Hindu JD (U) president Sharad Yadav maintained that ties with the BJP were quite old. File photo: S. Subramanium

After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar took umbrage at advertisements showing him with his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi, his party JD(U) on Sunday downplayed the issue saying that the alliance with the BJP was quite old.

“Our alliance and relationship is quite old...An unpleasant incident took place yesterday. It has passed...,” JD(U) President Sharad Yadav told PTI.

He, however said that it was customary to take permission from the head of government — whether it was the Prime Minister or the Chief Minister — before their name or photograph appeared in advertisements.

“The way the posters came up was not proper as the party (JD-U) was not consulted. The party had raised objections to that,” Mr. Yadav said, adding that an inquiry had been instituted to clear the situation.

He said the party has no reason to disbelieve the version of BJP which says the advertisement was given by an agency.

Mr. Yadav also tried to put to rest speculation about the tie-up between BJP and JD(U), saying the “relations between the two parties is quite old”.

Snubbing coalition partner, Mr. Kumar had on Saturday cancelled a dinner for the top brass of the BJP — gathered in Patna for the party’s national executive — in disapproval of an advertisement featuring him and Mr. Modi and another on Gujarat’s aid during Bihar floods two years ago.

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