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Ram temple is BJP's issue, not NDA's: Nitish Kumar
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | December 26, 2006 08:41 IST
The Janata Dal (United), main ally of Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance, has claimed it has nothing to do with the Ram temple issue.
"The Ram temple issue was never an NDA issue; not today, nor in the future," Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday.
Kumar clearly said that the Ram temple is on the BJP's issue and agenda, not that of the NDA.
He said that the JD(U) is a secular party and a part of NDA - "It was decided at the time of the NDA's formation that issues like the Ram temple or scrapping of Article 370 were not in the NDA agenda at all."
Kumar's stand is a major setback to the BJP's revival of the Ram temple issue, since he is a powerful leader within the JD(U).
By distancing the JD(U) from BJP on the Ram temple issue, Kumar evidently wants to send out a message to the Muslims in Bihar, who are considered to be supporters of Lalu Prasad Yadav's Radhtriya Janata Dal.