BJP-JD-U alliance natural: Sushil Modi

Kolkata: Taking a dig at RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and veteran BJP leader Sushil Modi on Friday said the alliance between Nitish Kumar’s JD-U and his party was “natural” and the “unnatural” Nitish-Lalu partnership died “naturally”.

In July, Nitish Kumar became Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time after he ended his two-year-old alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.

“Nitish Kumar was with the BJP for 17 years. And again, the BJP and the JD-U have come together. That is the natural alliance.

“The unnatural alliance with Lalu Prasad died naturally. No gentleman can work with people like Lalu Prasad, a chaotic and disorganised man,” Modi said at the India Today Conclave East.

Modi said he did not expect the Janata Dal-United and RJD alliance to come apart in such a short span of time but he knew it was bound to happen.

“How can Nitish Kumar defend Tejashwi Yadav (Lalu Prasad’s son) who was facing corruption charges?” he asked.

Asked whether he saw any difference between the present JD-U-BJP partnership as compared to earlier one, he said: “I don’t find any difference.”

“During our earlier alliance, there was a government at the Centre which worked against Bihar. Now, there is a synergy between the Centre and state government.

“In the second tenure of the JD-U and the BJP, more development would take place. There is no confrontation between the state and centre now,” Modi added.