New Delhi, June 3: The BJP on Wednesday mocked the alliance between Nitish Kumar's JD(U) and Lalu Prasad's RJD, saying it was like a marriage heading towards a separation. It said the people of Bihar are against a 'divorce alliance' to run the government.
BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh said the alliance has not worked and soon after it was forged, talks over its separation have started. [Janata Parivar announces merger]
Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, friends-turned-foes in Bihar joined hands again following last year's Lok Sabha election debacle to counter Narendra Modi-led BJP. The alliance paid off initially as it defeated the BJP in the 10 assembly bypolls in August last year. [Bihar bypolls 2014 results: 5 major takeaways]
Recently, a number of parties, including Mulayam Singh Yadav's SP besides Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad, joined hands to form the Samajwadi Janata Parivar. The aim was to defeat the BJP in future elections. While Bihar is set to go to the polls later this year, Uttar Pradesh is due for polls in 2017.
Singh said the people of Bihar must understand what they will get if they vote for the JD(U)-RJD alliance.
War of words escalated between the JD(U) and RJD over the chief ministerial choice for the assembly polls in Bihar. The ruling JD(U) told the RJD that there was no question of negotiating with the idea of projecting incumbent CM Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate for the state.
Nitish Kumar returned as the chief minister of Bihar for the fourth time in February after his hand-picked successor Jitan Ram Manjhi resigned. Nitish had made him his successor in May 2014 after the Lok Sabha poll debacle.
RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that projecting Nitish Kumar as the CM candidate would be suicidal for the alliance.
Nitish Kumar had pulled out of the BJP-led NDA in June 2013 following Modi's rise in the ranks of the NDA and put his party's electoral prospects in the state in a jeopardy. The consequences were seen during the Lok Sabha election when the BJP went on to win 22 of the 40 parliamentary seats in the state. The JD(U) could win just 2 seats while the RJD won 6 seats.