Amid talk of JD (U) and RJD coming together ahead of the Bihar assembly elections, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday described the proposed tie-up as an “unholy and unworkable” alliance.
Naidu, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister, also asserted that coming together of the two parties would pose no threat to the electoral prospects of BJP and its allies who would secure a comfortable majority.
“This alliance is no threat to us. Best of luck to them. They cannot come together. They have no habit of staying together. We have the history of these people coming together in the morning and falling apart in the evening”, he said.
“That has been the history of the so-called Janata Parivar. How many times they have come together?” he asked.
Naidu said, if RJD and JD (U) managed to unite and then enter into a poll arrangement with the Congress, it will be an “unholy” alliance.
“This Lalu and Nitish coming together, it is very surprising to people, (It is) most unethical thing happening, on two counts. One, Nitish Kumar fought Congress throughout his life. Now, he is ready to join hands with Congress party.
Nitish Kumar and Lalu fought against each other bitterly, even on personal counts also. They are coming together. That’s why people are calling it unholy alliance, an un-workable proposition,” he said.
Naidu claimed they will be rejected by voters in Bihar.
Describing the Bihar polls, due later this year, as “important”, Naidu said the state badly needed development and good governance.
“There was governance for some time when BJP and JD (U) together ruled Bihar. Unfortunately, after that, Bihar is back to square one. Bihar needs stability, Bihar needs ability. Bihar needs Central support,” he said.
Despite six Janata Parivar outfits announcing a merger last month, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar have failed to iron out their differences before their parties formally fuse into one political entity or forge an electoral alliance in the poll-bound state.
The two leaders were said to have differences over the number of seats each party would contest, besides announcement of the chief ministerial candidate.