Yashwant backs Modi as PM, Rajnath says party will decide
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Asked how he viewed Sinha's demand, Yadav said, "You should ask this to the BJP president or spokesperson."
JD(U) spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari described the remarks as Sinha's personal view. "Whatever we had to say on the issue, our leader Nitish Kumar has already conveyed to the BJP... He has also spoken clearly about what kind of a person should be the prime ministerial candidate. So the ball is in the BJP's court," he said.
But, Sinha dismissed the possibility of objections by the JD(U), adding that as the BJP's "oldest ally", it should stay with the party.
"To target one particular person is not fair... Either the entire party is secular or the entire party is communal... Within a party, you cannot say XYZ is secular and ABC is communal and we will go with XYZ and not with ABC," Sinha said pre-empting the response from the JD(U).
Asked about the possibility of the JD(U) quitting the alliance, Sinha said: "If any party goes, a number of parties will come."
Sinha's support to Modi holds significance in the wake of the fact that he had earlier raised a banner of revolt against granting a second term to Nitin Gadkari.