Patna: The BJP’s core committee on Thursday underlined the importance of establishing better coordination with coalition partners at a time when its alliance with the JDU in Bihar has come under test over incidents of social tension, in one of which the son of Union minister Ashwini Choubey is an absconder.
The meeting was attended by BJP national general secretary and state-in-charge Bhupender Yadav.
The NDA government is facing attacks from the Opposition over the deteriorating law and order situation and failure of the police to arrest Arjit Shashwat, son of BJP central minister Choubey, in spite of a warrant of arrest pending against him since last Saturday.
The JDU has already called for Arjit’s surrender; chief minister Nitish Kumar has said he was willing to pay any price to preserve communal harmony.
Thursday’s BJP meeting was chaired by party state chief Nityanand Rai and attended by senior party leaders, including Sushil Kumar Modi, Nand Kishore Yadav, Prem Kumar and Mangal Pandey.
BJP insiders revealed that Bhupender Yadav was told by senior leaders that the collation was working fine in Bihar but efforts should be made to cement the ties.
“We have Lok Sabha elections ahead and given the political realities of the state, we cannot afford to disturb our ties with alliance partners on issues which may send a wrong message on the governance front,” a BJP insider said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to brief the media.
Yadav also met with party office-bearers and directed them to work hard for putting the organisational structure in place well before the end of this year. The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held in the summer of 2019.
Courtesy: The Telegraph