JDU chief re­it­er­ates sup­port for UPA’s VP nom­i­nee Gopal Kr­ishna Gandhi

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Patna: Five days af­ter form­ing a gov­ern­ment with BJP sup­port, Bi­har chief min­is­ter Nitish Kumar said there was no one who could com­pete with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tions. He added that his role in na­tional pol­i­tics was lim­ited to stay­ing as the CM of a big state. “Koi dusara k abij nahi ho sakta. Modiji ka muk­abla karne ki kshamta kisi mein nahin hai (there is no one who can com­pete with Modiji),” Kumar said when asked about PM Modi’s sec­ond term af­ter the 2019 polls. High­light­ing his sec­u­lar cre­den­tials, Kumar re­called how he re­opened Bha­galpur riot cases and re­ferred to the var­i­ous works done by his gov­ern­ment for mi­nori­ties in past.“Ineed­no­cer­tifi­ca­te­of­sec­u­lar­ism from any­body,” he said. Kumar, how­ever, r eit er at e d his back­ing for UPA’s vice-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Gopal Kr­ishna Gandhi on the ground that he had al­ready made a com­mit­ment. He hinted that JDU’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing, to be held on Au­gust 19, might for­mally ap­prove JDU’s new sta­tus as an ally of NDA. Hurt by Lalu Prasad’s per­sonal at­tacks, Kumar ques­tioned the RJD chief’s vote-trans­fer ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing the 2015 as­sem­bly polls. He (Lalu) ar­ro­gantly says he made me the CM... The peo­ple of Bi­har showed him his worth in 2010 (when RJD’s strength was re­duced to 22),” he said, claim­ing JDU was able to trans­fer its share of vote to RJD can­di­dates more suc­cess­fully. Tar­get­ing Congress veep Rahul Gandhi for claim­ing he had an inkling for the last three months that Kumar would walk out of the coali­tion, the Bi­har chief min­is­ter said: “Then why did he (Gandhi) meet me when I had gone to Del hi a nd sought his in­ter­ven­ ask RJD to come clean on the ac­cu­sa­tions?”

At his first press con­fer­ence af­ter join­ing hands with BJP, Kumar re­called the back­ing he ex­tended to Lalu Prasad dur­ing the Patna Univer­sity’s stu­dent pol­i­tics in their col­lege days, his ef­forts to­ward­shelp­ingPrasad­be­come­leader of then Lok Dal af­ter the death of for­mer CM Kar­poori Thakur and the dif­fi­cul­ties he faced in run­ning the grand al­liance gov­ern­ment. He also re­called his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer as an MLA, MP, Union min­is­ter and then the Bi­har chief min­is­ter.

Nitish added his role in na­tional pol­i­tics is lim­ited to stay­ing as the CM of a big state

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