New Delhi: Even after reports of JD(U) planning to pull out from NDA alliance, the Bhartiya Janata Party and its allies are confident of fighting elections as one unit.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that BJP will not break ties with Janata Dal United.
"In a democracy one has to obey people's wishes. And the people of Bihar have voted for the BJP-JD(U) alliance. So we will continue to run the government with JD(U). Won't break ties with JD(U)," he said.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said, "Akali Dal is BJP's oldest ally. We will accept whatever decision that they take."
BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "We will fight the elections with the NDA. Parties are all independent and we have our own say but the NDA is still united. The coalition remains strong."
Another BJP leader CP Thakur said, "If the JD(U) is so adamant that they want to break away from the NDA, then the BJP is also ready to fight on its own."
Giving strong indications of snapping ties with BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is planning to create a federal front of three Chief Ministers, that of Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar.
Sources said it is the demand for a special category status that unites them. In fact, sources added that Nitish Kumar has already extended support to the BJD rally in Delhi for a special status to Odisha. Nitish has also sent his emissary JD(U) MP KC Tyagi to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.
JD(U) sources said in case the three Chief Ministers come together, they can negotiate with either of the two main parties - the BJP or the Congress in government formation. Top JD(U) sources said that it's just a matter of days before the JD(U) pulls out of the NDA.
JD(U) sources said the process of garnering support on the floor of the Bihar Assembly in case of walking out of the alliance has started. Bihar Chief Minister convened a meeting with senior JD(U) leaders in Patna on Tuesday evening. JD(U) leaders have reportedly been asked to contact independent MLAs and garner their support in JD(U)'s favour. Three MLAs have already vouched to back the JD(U).
Sources have told CNN-IBN that the announcement regarding the snapping of ties may come any day after June 15 once Nitish Kumar returns from his Seva Yatra. Sources say the official announcement will be made in Delhi by JD(U) President Sharad Yadav.