New Delhi: The 17-year-old alliance between Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) and the BJP has ended. Both parties have taken a dig at each other. Here are the reactions to the split:
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: "We are not responsible for ending the alliance. We are pushed to this situation so as not to compromise with our basic principles. We don't care for the repercussion, we are not worried."
JD-U president Sharad Yadav: "We were forced to end our alliance with the BJP in view of some latest development that put us in a difficult situation and so as not to compromise with our basic principles. Now it seems the BJP is trying to bring controversial issues like the Ram temple into its agenda."
BJP president Rajnath Singh: "An alliance runs on the basis of faith. In 2000, when the BJP had 67 legislators and the JD-U had only 34, we said that the JD-U is our younger brother... Bihar's chief minister should be from the JD-U. We accepted Nitish Kumar as chief minister.
"Why did the JD-U snap ties (with the BJP)? What was our mistake? They have disintegrated our emotional relationship of 17 years." Singh also defended Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP's decision to appoint him as the head of the party's campaign committee for the 2014 general elections.
"To be successful in the general elections, we have made Narendra Modi the chief of the election campaign committee. Is that my mistake? Every political party creates a campaign committee for any elections. Was the JD-U angered just by this and snapped such old ties?...
"If we made Narendra bhai (Modi) the head of the campaign committee, did we make a communal person the head? If an unfortunate riot occurred in Gujarat in 2002, should the chief minister be held responsible for it? Such riots also took place under Congress governments, but no one calls them communal."
Former Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi: "He was elected as head of the NDA in Bihar when he was made the chief minister. Now that he is no more an NDA leader, he has no moral right to continue. Today is a black letter day".
BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: "Whatever decision has been taken on Narendra Modi, we will not go back at any cost, whether the NDA alliance breaks once or 10 times. (The split) is very unfortunate but it is not the end of the world. More allies will come to NDA." Recalling a famous Hindi song, Naqvi said, "A friend has done a deed which even an enemy would not do."
BJP's Sushma Swaraj: "The break-up of NDA is sad and unfortunate."
RJD President Lalu Prasad: "The untimely break-up between the JD(U) and the BJP has exposed their unholy alliance...it is a divorce of love marriage between two mismatching partners." The RJD chief said Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar have "committed sati" in favour of BJP leader L K Advani, whom he described as a "discarded leader"."When Advani was sidelined by RSS in favour of Narendra Modi, he played this card and asked JD(U) to threaten NDA coalition," he said.
Shiv Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut: The JD(U) decision to break away from NDA is unfortunate and has been taken in a haste. He said the NDA will be at a loss and the decision it will benefit the Congress. "If my party wants, I am willing to speak to JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, Today not only the alliance has broken, but our hearts are broken."
SAD MP Naresh Gujral: The NDA has been certainly fractured but claimed it is a "temporary setback".
Punjab CM and Shiromani Akali Dal's patron Parkash Singh Badal: "Though every party, including JD(U), has its own interest uppermost in its mind, yet all will shake hands with BJP after the general elections. The real combinations will emerge after Lok Sabha polls.
"Voters of the country will prefer throwing their votes in 'khuh' (well) rather than voting for the most discredited Congress party. Although I want that all the NDA partners should go along cordially, but I haven't approached any ally... SAD is with BJP solidly and will continue to be so.
"BJP can make anyone its poll campaign in-charge or project anyone as its prime ministerial candidate. We won't interfere in their internal matters as they (BJP) have never interfered in our internal matters.
"I have neither met (Bihar Chief Minister) Nitish Kumar nor plan to do so in the wake of his objections to Modi's elevation. We are with BJP and won't indulge in any 'panga' (trouble) by interfering (in BJP's internal matters) in this regard."
Shakeel Ahmad, Congress General Secretary: I congratulate Nitish Kumarji to have come out of an alliance that wasn't working in the interest of the country.
Trinamool MP and former union minister Sultan Ahmed: "This is good news for all those who are seeking an alternative front as opposed to the BJP and the Congress. We have been already in talks with them (Janata Dal-United) and the divorce will boost the proposed federal front."
SP general secretary Kiranmoy Nanda: "I congratulate the JD-U for the step. The split will dent the confidence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other communal forces. The move will enhance the chances of formation of an anti-Congress, anti-BJP plank for the next general elections."