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Expect Kushwaha to maintain sanctity of alliance: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

The BJP said on Thursday it expected Kushwaha to maintain decorum and sanctity of the alliance and cautioned the RLSP against joining hands with "corrupt, casteist and family-based" parties like the and the RJD.

The BJP's unit made the remarks in the light of the barrage of attacks launched by Kushwaha at a rally in district earlier in the day on the issues of his party not getting its due in seat-sharing among NDA constituents for the Lok Sabha polls and the saffron party raking up the Ayodhya tangle as a poll plank.

"Kushwaha is a in the and an NDA ally. So, on moral and ideological grounds, he is expected to maintain decorum and sanctity of the alliance. The BJP has given due space to all its allies, with due respect to their leaders," BJP said in a statement.

"As for terming as an unnecessary issue, the BJP has been very clear about its ideological stand. is an emotional issue for 125 crore Indians and the BJP is committed to building the same at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya," he said.

Anand added that when Kushwaha entered into an alliance with the BJP, the issue of was still there.

After breaking away from Minister JD(U) in 2013, Kushwaha went on to float his own outfit and joined the NDA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls the following year.

The BJP also said for the last four-and-a-half years, Kushwaha has always been supporting programmes and policies of the

"We cannot say in what context he is making all these statements, he said.

Anand said he hopes Kushwaha will continue in the NDA where he is presently the for HRD, and not join the "corrupt, casteist and family-based parties" of and

The RJD and the Congress, which together form the opposition in the state, have been trying to woo the (RLSP) chief, who has been sulking over the diminution of his standing within the NDA ever since Nitish Kumar returned to the BJP-led coalition last year after walking out of the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

The RLSP has often made public his unhappiness over the seat-sharing issue for the Lok Sabha polls by criticising the leadership of the BJP and the JD(U)

The BJP and the JD(U) offered the RLSP just two seats of the total 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar. Kushwaha had said that the number of seats the party was offered was not respectable and asked the BJP to do a rethink by November 30.

RLSP sources had hinted on Wednesday that the party was likely to sever ties with the NDA government and a formal announcement would be made on Thursday.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 00:00 IST