“It is sad... not good for NDA’s health,” said JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, who is also convenor of the BJP-led NDA. The BJP and the JD-U are constituents of the coalition that projected a united front in the last two general elections of 2004 and 2009. With 20 Lok Sabha seats, the JD-U is BJP’s biggest partner in the NDA. The JD-U and the BJP also run a coalition government in Bihar.
JD-U leader KC Tyagi indicated the unease within the party over Advani quitting all BJP posts. “It is tough for us to remain a part of the NDA now that BJP’s tallest leader is gone…. It will be difficult to deal with new members if founding members are gone,” Tyagi said. JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is averse to Modi becoming BJP’s prime ministerial nominee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and has said in the past that a person with a secular image should instead be named as the party’s candidate for the top post.