JD-U has joined Congress’s conspiracy: BJP

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) As the Nitish Kumar-led JD-U government in Bihar sailed smoothly through a trust vote Wednesday, the BJP accused its just-parted ex-ally of becoming part of a Congress conspiracy.

“JD-U has shown its colours by participating in Congress’s conspiracy. They are now bound to Congress with the glue of corruption,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said here, clarifying that she is referring to “moral corruption”.

“George Fernandes joined the NDA because he was anti-Congress. Their (JD-U’s) politics is based on the anti-Congress sentiment. And today, they have joined hands with Congress,” Lekhi said.

“This is an easy way out for him. He should have gone back to people to get the mandate,” she said, referring to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Asked about Nitish Kumar’s comment that BJP did not “respect its elders”, Lekhi said: “What kind of respect have they shown to George Fernandes? What they did to him, no one in BJP has done to any of its leaders.”

“Disagreement is one thing, disrespect is another. We may have different opinions on something in the party, but we have not disrespected our veterans,” she said.

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani last week submitted his resignation from key party posts following Narendra Modi’s anointment as the chief of BJP’s election campaign committee. He took back his resignation after intervention by BJP’s mentor organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

JD-U announced its split with BJP Sunday over the new role being given to Modi. They also accused the BJP of not respecting its elders like Advani.

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