New Delhi/Patna: The 17-year-old BJP-JD(U) association is set to end on Sunday. Top Janata Dal (United) leaders will meet at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's residence in Patna in the afternoon to take a decision on their alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
"JD(U) is holding a meet at 12:30 pm. The meeting will be conducted at CM's residence. We will then address the press at 3 pm and tell our final decision," party president Sharad Yadav said on Saturday.
Over the last few months, Nitish Kumar has given enough hints that elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was not acceptable to him. And since, Modi has been appointed as the BJP's campaign committee chief at the recently concluded National Executive in Goa, the Bihar Chief Minister has openly expressed his opposition to the decision.
"We need someone like Atal Bihari Vajpayee to be the prime minister. To lead a country, sometimes you need to wear a tilak and sometimes you need to wear a skull cap," Nitish Kumar said on Friday.
He also did not restrain himself from taking a dig at the BJP. Speaking to the media, the Bihar Chief Minister said: "The situation is dire. Though the BJP blesses the JD(U) with a long life, it acts in a way which is detrimental to our party."
As the BJP is throwing its weight behind it's poster boy Narendra Modi, the Bihar Chief Minister is hoping to position himself as the biggest champion of minorities. So far, Nitish Kumar has always been very careful of not attacking Modi directly but after the BJP-JD(U) that could change.
Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar has already reached out to non-Congress and non-BJP Chief Ministers and his game plan is clear. If the BJP depends on Modi to polarise voters, the Bihar Chief Minister hopes to be the big beneficiary of reverse polarisation.