Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Nitish snub to Modi and Varun

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    • J.P. YADAV
    • Nitish Kumar has put alliance partner BJP in a bind by refusing to attend the party’s Bihar Swabhiman rally next month at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan.

      The Bihar chief minister has conveyed his reservations over sharing the dais with Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi and Varun Gandhi — the proposed star speakers at the June 13 rally on the concluding day of the BJP’s national executive meeting in Patna.

    • In the past, Kumar had successfully used his influence on top BJP leaders to block the entry of the two leaders. In the run-up to the last Lok Sabha polls, Modi had toured the country but kept away from Bihar at Kumar’s insistence.

      When Modi had posed before cameras holding Kumar’s hand at an NDA rally in Ludhiana, the JD(U) leader had clarified: “What can I do if he (Modi) grabs my hand?”

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