Shiv Sena, SAD term pullout hasty

The Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the two remaining non-BJP constituents now left in the NDA on Sunday described the JD-U pullout from the alliance as unfortunate, calling it a decision taken in haste.

The Shiv Sena, which has 11 Lok Sabha seats, also felt that the JD-U decision will benefit the Congress.

Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP, said the JD-U decision to break away from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is unfortunate and has been taken in a haste.

“If my party wants, I am willing to speak to JD-U leader Sharad Yadav,” Raut said in Mumbai.

“Today not only the alliance has broken, but our hearts are broken,” he added.
SAD MP Naresh Gujral said the NDA has been certainly fractured but claimed it is a “temporary setback”. The SAD has four Lok Sabha MPs.

Gujral expressed confidence that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar along with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose parties were once NDA constituents, will return to the alliance and give the nation a stable government after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.  

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