Sushil Modi responsible for rift with Narendra Modi: Nitish Kumar

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Patna, Oct 21: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has claimed that he wasn't responsible for stopping Narendra Modi, the then chief minister of Gujarat, from campaigning in 2010 assembly polls.

Nitish alleged it was Sushil Modi who blocked Modi from campaigning for the NDA alliance in Bihar and not he. 

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'SuMo responsible for rift with NaMo'

In an interview to a private news channel, Nitish clearly said the BJP leadership had taken a call on and he was in no way responsible. 

Nitish was quoted by ET as saying, "Woh toh mai Sushil Modi ke chakkar mein aa gaya (I believed Sushil Modi's words) and that led to cancellation of Narendra Modi's campaigns in Bihar."

Earlier, former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told said Nitish was keen to break his party JD(U)'s alliance with the BJP in 2010 itself. Even during his rallies in Bihar PM Modi targeted Nitish for back-stabbing the people of Bihar for parting ways with the BJP and joining hands with the RJD.

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"Nitish Kumar wanted to break or end his party JD-U's alliance with BJP after Bihar assembly polls in 2010. It was not materialised due to the fact that JD(U) failed to get majority of its own and BJP won 91 assembly seats, it was much more than what Nitish Kumar expected (from BJP)," Modi, the senior BJP leader, said at a function organised by a news channel last month.

The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the BJP contested the last assembly polls together under the leadership of Nitish Kumar and the JD-U won 115 assembly seats. Modi said Nitish Kumar ended 17-year old alliance of the JD-U with BJP for his personal arrogance in 2013.

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