BJP tells JD (U) no compromise on Modi, Varun

     Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday clarified to its ally the Janata Dal (United) that conditions like keeping Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Varun Gandhi away from the election campaign in Bihar for continuance of the coalition, were not acceptable to it. BJP has conveyed to JD (U) that such conditions were not acceptable to it and that the party would decide its campaigners. The BJP, at the same time, has indeed made about that it has no intention to snap ties with the JD(U). According to BJP sources, the party is still not clear about reasons which led to Nitish Kumar to return Rs five crore of flood relief money given by the Gujarat Government. Sources said, though both the Central and the state BJP leaders are in favour of continuing the alliance, they do not want to be seen as compromising on their self-respect. Former BJP president M Venkaih Naidu has said all reports of conditions being put by JD(U) for continuing with the alliance were media speculations and being unnecessarily played up. BJP leaders feel accepting this condition about Modi would dent its position in the NDA as the Gujarat Chief Minister is being projected as a national leader.

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