“Holding the cross”

NEW DELHI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 13: Janata Dal United party President Sharad Yadav during press conference at his residence on the issue of Bilaspur sterilization tragedy on November 13, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Thirteen women have died and more than 50 others are in critical condition after undergoing sterilization surgeries in a free government-run program at the CIMS hospital in Bilaspur , Chattisgarh. A total of 83 women, all poor villagers under the age of 32, had the operations last week. Each of the women had received a payment of 600 rupees, or about $10, to participate in the program. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

89There is a lot of speculation about who will go with whom. There is talk that Congress is wooing the JD (U).
There is no chance of a JD (U) alliance with the Congress, now or after the polls. It is all in the realm of speculation.
With Narendra Modi set to become the face of the BJP campaign, is it likely to trigger off a fresh set of political realignments in the country? What does it mean for the NDA?

The NDA will decide its prime ministerial candidate following discussion and consultation among the allies in due course of time ahead of the next general elections. That is our style, it is based on consensus.

But Modi’s style of functioning has been termed as undemocratic and divisive?
Look, that is an internal matter of the BJP.
Do you think the mood in the country is anti-Congress?
The economic policies of the UPA government has thrown voters in our lap. It is due to the UPA-2’s mismanagement that no big investment had come to India in the industrial sector or even in multi-brand retail which the ruling coalition has sought to harp on as a booster to economic growth. But I can tell you that it is not going to work.
The NDA, such as it stands today, has lost most of its allies. How do you hope to consolidate your alliance?
We have our old allies and you will see that once results start coming in, so will our allies.