Differences in basic principles led to the split: Nitish

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Patna, June 16: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is likely to sack the BJP ministers from his Cabinet after formally informing state Governor D Y Patil about split in the JD(U)-BJP alliance on Sunday.

What Sharad Yadav said:

Addressing a press conference, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav later said the alliance was a 17-year-old one. "We faced a number of challenges in all these years and we have always tried to abide by the national agenda of the NDA since the days of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani but the events over the last few months have been disturbing," Yadav said, adding that the they have nothing to do with what the BJP did within its party, made whom what, but the overall situation in the alliance was not the same like before.

The JD(U) chief said an alliance works on the basis on friendship and trust and it was not there anymore.

"I and Nitishji tried to maintain the relation but it is no more workable," he said. He said they took opinion from all and it was seen that the alliance was not proving helpful for the JD(U) and hence it collectively decided to withdraw from the alliance. Yadav also resigned as the NDA convenor.

What Nitish Kumar said:

Kumar took a dig at the BJP said the situation had worsened beyond repair. He said there have been election campaign committee heads of the BJP earlier as well, like Pramod Mahajan or Arun Jaitley, but no one has ever been anointed like this (The JD(U) leaders did not take Modi's name once). He said whatever the JD(U) was doing, it was being seen as a challenge to some personality. He said the achievements of the JD(U)-led government announced in April was seen as against somebody.Kumar said the alliance worked till 'outside' influence wasn't there.

He said the new generation of leadership in the BJP was making it difficult for them to work in unison. "We had a crisis a few years ago but it was resolved. This time, it looks difficult," Kumar said. He added that they wanted to speak to the BJP to settle the differences at a meeting on Sunday but the latter did not turn up. He held the BJP responsible for the JD(U)'s exit from the alliance. Kumar said when there arose serious differences in the basic principles, the JD(U) decided to part ways.

The chief minister also hinted at sacking 11 BJP ministers from his cabinet.

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