New Delhi, Jan. 8: Janata Dal (United) president Sharad Yadav today termed party MP Shivanand Tiwari’s remarks equating RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat with MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi as his “personal views” and sought to assuage the feelings of ally BJP.
The alliance with the BJP was an “old” one and “will continue in future”, he said.
Tiwari had yesterday said Bhagwat and Owaisi were “two sides of the same coin”, angering the BJP which asked the JD(U) leadership to restrain the MP.
“The views expressed by Tiwari were his personal statements and the party has nothing to do with it,” Yadav said. He suggested the MP should consult the party leadership before making any comments in future.
“We have to take care that feelings of those who work with us are not hurt. We have an old alliance with BJP and it will continue in future too,” Yadav said.
Party sources said the JD(U) president has asked Tiwari to meet him tomorrow. Disciplinary action was, however, ruled out.
Tiwari stuck to his remarks but clarified it was not the party’s line. “I did express my personal views,” he said.
Sources said Tiwari belongs to the section of the party that strongly favours snapping of ties with the BJP. A major section of the party, including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, was keen to go alone but the angry protests Nitish faced during his Adhikar Yatra seem to have forced a rethink.