Managing alliance has become a headache for the BJP. After Shiv Sena now one of its other oldest ally, Shiromani Akali Dal too has snapped its ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party
The SAD has severed its close to a two-and-a-half-decade-old alliance with the BJP in protest against these bills.
Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut took a swipe at the BJP, saying that he does not consider the alliance led by the saffron party as the NDA as his party and the SAD were among its pillars.
The BJP, on its part, has blamed “political compulsion” for the SAD’s departure and had accused the Sena of entering into an “unholy alliance” for its “greed” of power.
The decision of its two oldest allies to walk out means that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who is also president of the Janata Dal-United, is now the oldest BJP ally besides being the most powerful.