Patna: A day after JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav said that the party could return to NDA fold after the parliamentary polls, BJP national vice-president and Rajya Sabha member Dr C P Thakur immediately threw a camouflaged message that the saffron party, probably, is also looking for a post-poll alliance with Nitish Kumar’s party. “The realignment can, of course, take place. Only the alliance has snapped, and it is not divorce that has occurred between the two parties. Also, in politics nothing is impossible,” he said.
Thakur said Nitish government should lap up the opportunity given by Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice-chancellor’s offer to open an extension centre of the varsity in Bihar, a la AMU’s Kishanganj centre, if the state government allotted land for the purpose.
Earlier in April 2012, Bihar BJP MLA Awanish Kumar Singh, speaking on the floor of the assembly, had asked the state government to take steps for opening an extension centre of BHU in the state, specially in East Champaran district, where CM Nitish said that if BHU administration moved a petition as had been done by the AMU administration, the state government would have no problem in facilitating the land.
As of now, the BHU VC has maintained that the university was willing to start its extension centre in Bihar, but the state government would have to allot land for the purpose. It spurred Dr Thakur to plead that the CM should take note of the VC’s offer and also take all necessary steps to pave the way for concretization of a BHU branch in the state. Incidentally, education minister P K Shahi has gone on record saying that the government would appreciate if the BHU administration sends the petition.
Dr Thakur also took swipe at the Centre for laying the foundation stone of AMU unit in Kishanganj on Martyr’s Day and criticized the CM for making a hue and cry for not being invited to the function. He said, “First, the invitation to participate in the function was not sent to him. The CM should not have made a hue and cry to almost forcibly seek invitation for the purpose.”
He said, “The Centre humiliated the people of the state by not sending him invitation for the foundation laying ceremony.”