Tuesday, June 8, 2010

JD-U softens Modi, Varun stand | The Asian Age

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    • Despite acute unease in its ranks caused by the scheduled participation of the BJP’s controversial Hindutva mascots in the party’s Patna conclave, the JD(U) has uncharacteristically refrained from voicing its opposition, hinting at a shift in position made necessary by a host of expedient factors.
      The JD(U)’s newfound softness for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Hindutva poster boy Varun Gandhi, slated to attend the BJP’s two-day national executive meet in Patna beginning June 12, is in sharp contrast to its stand during the Lok Sabha polls a year back.
    • While the JD(U) still lays great emphasis on its secular credentials, analysts say its change of heart may have emerged less out of tolerance and more from its growing realisation of the many troubles it is currently facing on its way to the Assembly polls.
      The JD(U), evidently, does not want to make matters worse for itself by sparking off a confrontation with the BJP on the delicate issue of communalism.
    • BJP leaders had claimed that the JD(U) had no opposition to Mr Modi and Mr Gandhi speaking at the saffron party’s rally at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan scheduled on June 13.

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