Bihar: Modi causes fresh rift between JD(U) & BJP

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New Delhi, Sep 14: Weeks ahead of the Bihar assembly polls, a fresh rift between Janata Dal (United) and Bharatiya Janata Party arose on Monday, Sep 13 over the saffron party's reported decision to deploy Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for campaigning in the state.

The JD(U) is now rethinking its alliance with BJP as it vehemently opposes Modi to step into campaigning as it fears that the Hindutva leader can cause them to lose the minority vote bank.

“The BJP top brass knows that we do not want Modi"s participation in the election campaign in Bihar and we had got a good result in Lok Sabha election minus the Gujarat Chief Minister," said JD (U) leader Shivanand Tiwari, who is planning on pressing to the party to reconsider the alliance with the BJP.

“I will request the leadership to reconsider the alliance with the BJP and contest the elections on our own in the wake of the statements emanating from that party about the Gujarat Chief Minister," he told a news agency.

However, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav has dismissed the reports about Mr Modi"s campaigning as 'baseless'.

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