JD(U) speaking to Independents: Is split with BJP imminent?

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New Delhi, June 12: Is the JD(U) preparing to part ways with the BJP after the latter decided to make Narendra Modi the face of its campaign for the next Lok Sabha polls?

According to CNN-IBN, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked his ministers and MLAs to speak to Independents in the state assembly to make up the numbers in case a split eventually happens between the two allies in the government. The JD(U) has 118 MLAs in the state assembly and will need support of four more MLAs to get the majority figure of 122.

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Sources said the top leadership of the JD(U) is likely to announce the final decision anytime after June 15. When asked about the likely decision, Nitish Kumar told journalists to hold patience for some more time. It was said that the final decision will be announced by party president Sharad Yadav.

Kumar has been a vocal critic of Modi and wants a 'secular' candidate for the prime ministerial post in case the NDA comes to power after the 2014 elections.

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