On Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar cleared that there barely are any chances of him leading a grand coalition against the BJP as a Prime Ministerial candidate in the next general elections in 2019.
Praising PM Modi, Kumar said, “Three years ago who was aware that Modi Ji would be the Prime Minister of India. But it happened because he was capable of that and people of our country voted him to power. I know, I do not have that capacity. I am the leader of a small party and I have no national ambitions”.
“Sharad Yadav served our party (JD-U) as president for three consecutive terms and then party workers decided to give this responsibility to me. But the media tried to link that to national ambitions. As a party president, I will try to expand JD (U) in other states but it does not mean that I will dream of PM’s post”, he added.
Refraining himself from commenting on the allegations of corruption against Lalu Yadav whose Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is a partner in the ruling coalition, Kumar said, “It’s for Lalu Ji to reply on allegations levelled by the BJP. I have nothing to state. If anyone has proof, they should go to the court”.
When asked if all non-NDA parties would come together in electing the next President, he said, “First of all the ruling party should try to form a consensus. It would be the best possible option. If it does not happen then Opposition should come up with a candidate”.
Regarding the use of EVMs for election, he said, “We have seen how elections were conducted earlier. I do not wish that time to come again. We are running a coalition government but it does not mean JD (U) ideology would be the same as of the RJD”.