No tie up with JD-U: Sushil Modi
Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday ruled out any tie-up with the JD-U in Bihar even if it snaps ties with the RJD, whose leader Lalu Prasad and his kin are facing corruption allegations.
Modi also said that nothing much should be read into the "issue-based" friendship between Nitish Kumar and the National Democratic Alliance in the wake of the JD-U's support to BJP's Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
He said only the BJP Parliamentary Board can decide on any political developments in Bihar.
"There is no such plan with the BJP (of tying up with JD-U). In case of any fresh political development, the BJP Parliamentary Board alone is empowered to take a decision," Modi, a former Deputy Chief Minister.
He was asked to comment on Bihar BJP President Nithyanand Rai's reported remarks that the BJP would consider providing outside support to the JD-U if it snaps ties with Lalu Prasad's RJD.
Modi said Rai had denied making such a statement.
Modi said the Janata Dal-United and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have supported each other on certain issues but this should not be seen as the two parties coming together.
"The support (in the Presidential election) is issue based and nothing more should be read into it. The BJP has supported Nitish Kumar's liquor prohibition policy and he has supported the NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind," he said.