Patna,(BiharTimes): These days it is not easy to comprehend what the Janata Dal (United) leaders want to convey by their statements.
On August 8 evening party’s national spokesman K C Tyagi kept parroting that his party’s lone MLA in Gujarat, Chhotubhai Vasava, had voted for the BJP candidate, Balwantsinh Rajput, in the Rajya Sabha election, when the legislator himself had told the media that he had voted for Ahmed Patel, the Congress leader and political advisor of party president Sonia Gandhi.
It is for Tyagi to explain what actually he wanted to achieve by insisting that his MLA had voted in favour of the BJP, but his action has raised some serious question. As to why the JD(U) was so keen to oppose Ahmed Patel’s entry into the Upper House of Parliament, when there is no question of corruption or Lalu Prasad Yadav. Outside Bihar Janata Dal (United) had, in the past, always adopted an independent stand and would always claim that the alliance is only for Bihar.
JD(U) has contested elections in various states, even Gujarat, not in alliance with the BJP.
In Jharkhand, where earlier it was in alliance with the BJP, JD(U) had contested elections independently.
In 2012 UP Assemnbly election the JD(U) fielded candidates in a large number of seats, even marring the poll prospect of the BJP. Nitish Kumar himself campaigned extensively in that state though his party lost in all of them.
So what is so special about this year’s Rajya Sabha poll. What is wrong with the JD(U) now? If it can vote against Venkaiah Naidu for the election of Vice President what would have happened had it voted for Ahmed Patel.
Tyagi did not stop there. He said that Vasava had also met BJP president Amit Shah.
This is nnot the first time in recent days that Tyagi has said something very outlandish. As late as July 27 he continued to say that Grand Alliance is not going to collapse. The same evening Nitish Kumar resigned and the following morning took oath once again as the NDA chief minister.
The Ahmed Patel episode has exposed the JD(U). Is it that the party took the stand to dump Lalu Prasad not because of charges of corruption, but simply because it wanted to leave the Grand Alliance and join NDA––this time on the terms and conditions of the BJP.