JD(U) will not leave NDA again: Party secretary Tyagi

JD(U) will not leave NDA again: Party secretary Tyagi

NEW DELHI: Two days before JD(U)’s national executive meeting here and with speculation rife that Nitish Kumar is exploring the prospect his return to the “secular camp”, party general secretary K C Tyagi ruled out the possibility of the Bihar CM walking out of the NDA yet again.

Talking to TOI on Friday, Tyagi emphasised his party had walked out of the grand alliance over corruption charges against family members of Lalu Yadav and the family had failed to give a satisfactory reply so far.

“Lalu’s children have no sense of civility and are using language of rowdies for a senior leader like Nitish Kumar and joining hands with them is unimaginable for the party,” Tyagi said.

Such denials have failed to dampen the escalating buzz about Kumar seeking a return to the ‘secular’ Mahagathbandhan, with political circles suspecting JD(U) is deliberately sending out conflicting signals to pressure BJP into conceding more Lok Sabha seats for it to contest, as well as to test the waters for a possible reunion with the ‘secular’ camp.

However, Tyagi insisted there was nothing to the speculation, which has refused to die down, not least because of the contradictory statements by JD(U) spokespersons.

“Congress and RJD leaders are talking about JD(U)’s return but we fail to understand on what basis they are making such speculation. We parted ways from the alliance over corruption charges against Lalu Yadav’s family and they have still not given any explanation. Nitish Kumar will never return to the camp of the corrupt,” Tyagi said.

The assertion came in the backdrop of RJD making it clear it was determined to veto a move to bring Kumar back into the alliance as well as against indications of Congress’s reluctance to annoy Lalu for the sake of “untrustworthy” and “betrayer” Kumar.

Tyagi said the alliance with BJP would remain intact and issues like seat sharing for Lok Sabha polls would be sorted out. JD(U) will hold its national executive meet in New Delhi on July 8. BJP chief Amit Shah is scheduled to meet Kumar during his Patna visit four days later.

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