Crucial JD(U) meet today, BJP gears up for divorce

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Patna, June 16: The JD(U) leaders in Bihar are set to meet over a crucial meeting at 11.30 am on Sunday to take a call on the fate of the party's seriously strained relation with the BJP.

Meanwhile, the state's BJP unit was also gearing to submit a letter to Governor D Y Patil to withdraw support to the Nitish Kumar-led government in the state. It is said that Sushil Modi, the BJP deputy chief minister of the state, will take the final call after the JD(U) meeting gets over.

The BJP's decision to elevate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the chief of the party's campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections has made the split with the JD(U) imminent. The latter has been opposing Modi as the probable prime ministerial candidate of the NDA, saying it would like to see a 'secular' candidate for the top post.

Kumar, on the other hand, is expected to announce the termination of the 17-year-old alliance and stake claims to form a government in Bihar alone. The JD(U) requires support of just four MLAs to get a majority in the state assembly and already has pledges of support from five Independents.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav may also quit from the post of NDA convenor on Sunday, party sources said.

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