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Advani reaches out to Nitish Kumar, urges to keep NDA intact

Advani reaches out to Nitish Kumar, urges to keep NDA intact

New Delhi: With the 17-year-old alliance between the BJP and Janata Dal (U) appears to be headed for a split after the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the poll panel chief, BJP patriarch L.K Advani has tried to reach out to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

According to sources, Advani spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, requesting him to try and placate Nitish in order to keep the National Democratic Alliance intact.

However, Nitish is in no mood for a compromise and has even called a meet of the JD(U) leaders to meet on June 15 to discuss ties with the BJP, Zee News reported.

The appointment of Modi as BJP's election campaign committee chief, over which JDU has strong reservations, has brought the long standing alliance between the two parties to a precipice and could split the BJP-led NDA, top sources in JD(U) said.

In fast-changing equations, JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi, deputed by Kumar, met Banerjee in Kolkata and discussed the possibilities of forming a federal front.

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