Bihar chief minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar has left little doubt about who he doesn't want as PM. In an interview to a business daily, Kumar said he has asked his alliance partner, the BJP to name a prime ministerial candidate who has 'secular credentials', clearly seen as a bid to wipe out Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi from the race.
Kumar told the daily, "The leader of the coalition should have secular credentials and liberal frame of mind. It should be someone who has absoulte faith in democratic values."
While not naming the Gujarat CM, Kumar indicated that if Modi was projected as the prime ministerial candidate, then there was little doubt that his party's alliance with the BJP in Bihar would continue. "I have cordial relations with Bihar BJP. If external forces are bent on spoiling this relationship, I cannot help it," he told the daily.
The relationship between Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar has never seen bright days. In 2005 and 2010, when Kumar came to power in Bihar, Modi was persuaded not to campaign in the state.
Modi had also recently hit out at Nitish Kumar stating that 'casteism' is slowing down growth in Bihar, to which Kumar reacted saying people should look at their own state first.
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