New Delhi: Carrying further its reservations over Narendra Modi, the JD-U, which runs a coalition with BJP in Bihar, has decided to contest assembly elections in Gujarat on its own.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose antipathy to Modi is well known, will also campaign for the JD-U candidates in Gujarat, where elections are due this year end.
Giving indications of the party's plans, JD-U President Sharad Yadav told reporters "BJP is the larger party in the NDA. We will go for alliance with BJP wherever it wants us, but barring in Gujarat".
He was replying to a question whether JD-U contesting elections separately in a state ruled by BJP will not give impression of a rift in the NDA.
Both party chief Sharad Yadav as well as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will campaign in Gujrat aggravating further the strains between Kumar and Modi that have come to the fore on more than one occasion.
Yadav, however, sought to downplay the development by maintaining that the JD-U never had an alliance with the BJP in Gujarat.
He refrained from answering repeated queries on why the JD-U is making an exception of Gujarat when it is ready to contest with BJP in alliance in all other states.