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"The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship)," said BJP state leader Dilip Ghosh

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  • BJP warned of protest movement on the Indo-Bangladesh border will stop the Dhaka-Kolkata train
  • BJP leaders also ridiculed the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist over their silence on the matter
  • “The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship),” said Ghosh

Due to increase in killing of Hindus in Bangladesh, BJP on Friday, July 1, warned of protest movement on the Indo-Bangladesh border and will stop the Dhaka-Kolkata train.

“We have had a good relationship with Bangladesh so far but it will remain so as long as the Hindus there live a secured life. If the brutal killings continue we will start movements in the bordering areas of Benapole and Petropole. We will also stop the Maitree Express,” said BJP State (West Bengal) President Dilip Ghosh said at the rally.

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Dilip Ghosh. Image Source: PTI

“The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship),” said Ghosh adding that a state party delegation will talk to the central leadership for putting pressure on Bangladesh over the issue.

Maitree express. Image Source: TOI
Maitree express. Image Source: TOI

BJP leaders also ridiculed the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist over their silence on the matter.

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Party national secretary Rahul Sinha said, “None of the political parties in Bengal are saying anything. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should immediately raise the matter with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.” (IANS)

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  • AJ Krish

    How would stopping the train benefit the nation? Dialogues between the countries must be held and a joint initiative must be taken to stop the attacks.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This is quite obvious. If they are not bothered about the killing of Hindus, we have to take a stand.

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Why JDU & BJP Coalition Will Remain Intact

JDU knows that this 15-16% votes is not enough to help the party and for the BJP too, only the 17% votes of upper castes are not sufficient

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Nitish Kumar with Narendra Modi.
Nitish Kumar with Narendra Modi.

By Sagarneel Sinha

There have been lots of discussions among the political circles that JDU led by Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar is upset with the BJP and trying to send signals to erst allies — RJD and the Congress. This led to speculations that Nitish may once again join the Grand Alliance (GA) leaving the NDA camp. Already, RJD’s new commander Tejasvi Yadav has clearly stated that Nitish led JDU will not be welcomed in the GA. Despite all the odds, if (suppose) GA partners accommodate Nitish, he wouldn’t be the driving force of the alliance as in 2015. Also, Nitish cannot afford to go alone like in 2014 when his party fetched only 2 seats!

Then which is the correct way for JDU? It is to go with the BJP in the upcoming 2019 polls.
JDU’s advantage in this case is the present situation of the BJP. Currently, the saffron party is not in a strong position as the party would be facing anti-incumbency from a strong RJD led alliance in the state. BJP’s traditional voters are the upper castes who account for 17% of the electorate. This votebank is not enough for the party to help to win elections. The main opposition party — RJD still commands over a larger votebank than BJP. RJD is still a dominant force among the Yadavs and the Muslims who account for 31% of the population. It means BJP has to minus the 31% votes and rely on the rest — 69%. Out of these, 16% are the Mahadalits — a large portion of whom generally hail Nitish Kumar as their leader. Also, there are Kurmis, an OBC group consisting of 4% votes — considered as the supporters of JDU. Nitish Kumar himself is also a Kurmi.

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Nitish Kumar Invited to Join NDA by Amit Shah After JDU-BJP Tie-up in Bihar.

JDU knows that this 15-16% votes is not enough to help the party and for the BJP too, only the 17% votes of upper castes are not sufficient. However, if these votebanks are joined together they form around 31-32%. Plus, to gain the extra votes, both the parties have the option to rely on the personal charisma of Nitish Kumar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, there is a power tussle between the two allies to get a respectable share of seats.

This power tussle is because of a strong BJP which earlier used to be a junior ally. The 2014 Lok Sabha elections changed the political scenario of the state where BJP emerged as the largest party in terms of vote share and seats. JDU knows the reality of a new emerging BJP, though it is pushing hard to gain a respectable share of seats for the Lok Sabha elections. Instead, Nitish Kumar has another option — giving the bigger chunk to the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections and the latter playing the junior partner for the 2020 assembly elections if held timely. Given the current situation in the country, in a crucial state like Bihar, BJP can hardly reject JDU as the later still commands over 15-16% votes — a very crucial votebank for winning maximum seats in the 2019 polls. Importance of JDU can also be explained by BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Patna to have breakfast and dinner with Nitish Kumar. Though in politics there are no permanent friends or foes, so any perfect prediction is impossible. But given the current situation, JDU and BJP parting their ways seems unlikely as both the parties are in need of each other as already highlighted by Amit Shah that the two allies would fight the Lok Sabha elections together. Smiling face of Nitish Kumar was also an indication that the meetings with Amit Shah were fine.