Stung by JD(U)'s decision to break away from NDA, BJP on Sunday slammed the erstwhile ally for insulting the landslide mandate given to the coalition in the 2010 Assembly polls and called for a Bihar bandh on June 18 to protest against the 'deceit'.
"The unprovoked and unilateral decision of the JD(U) to split from the NDA is a gross insult to a landslide mandate given to the coalition government by the people of Bihar in 2010 assembly polls...the development is unfortunate and what the JD(U) has done can be described as deceit to the voters and us," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters.
"We fully abided by the mantra of coalition dharma and did nothing in the past seven years to create any obstacle in the path of smooth functioning of the government... yet the JD(U) has decided to walk out from the NDA in an opportunistic manner without any provocation," he said.
The JD(U)'s parting of ways with the BJP-led NDA after the 17-year partnership has to be described as a 'black chapter' in the political history of Bihar in a long long time, Modi said.
Stating that the BJP has taken the JD(U)'s split from the NDA as breach of its trust as well of the voters, he said that the saffron party has decided to call for 'Bihar bandh' on June 18 to protest against the opportunistic conduct of the former alliance partner and to appeal to the people to take a revenge on the former for its 'deceit' in the next general elections.
All essential services and small vehicles will be allowed to ply on the road during the day-long bandh on Wednesday next and urged the party workers to observe protest in a peaceful manner, Modi said.