Reiterating that Nitish Kumar was “Prime Minister material”, the Janata Dal (United) on Monday asserted it was not staking declare to the best seat of energy for the Bihar chief minister however “numbers” could be no drawback if such a state of affairs arose.
A assertion to the impact was made by the celebration’s parliamentary board chief Upendra Kushwaha, who testily brushed apart remarks by some leaders within the state BJP that one wanted the assist of 272 MPs to grow to be the PM, and that the JD(U) was unlikely to win as many seats by itself.
“Kyun nahin ho sakta hai (why not)?” was Mr Kushwaha’s curt reply when requested if Mr Kumar have been to goal for the highest submit, would he have the ability to muster the requisite quantity in view of the restricted attain of the JD(U), which has little presence exterior Bihar.
The former Union minister, nevertheless, hastened so as to add “we are not making a claim to the PM’s post at present. We are with the NDA and acknowledge the leadership of (PM) Narendra Modi. But, if people talk about a hypothetical future, then nothing can be dismissed as impossible.”
Mr Kushwaha had rekindled sentiments about Mr Kumar being “PM material” a number of weeks in the past and the refrain received louder on the day gone by when “Mission Nitish” grew to become the rallying cry on the JD(U) nationwide council assembly in Patna.
One of the resolutions handed on the event asserted that although not a claimant to the highest submit, the chief had all of the qualities for a similar.
“When I first spoke about Nitish Kumar being PM material, many of you scoffed at me. Now you can see… it has happened often that I say something and it becomes a widespread sentiment later on,” Mr Kushwaha mentioned with a mischievous smile, referring to Sunday’s happenings.
The thought of Mr Kumar becoming the invoice first gained forex a few decade in the past and following his radical transfer of snapping ties with the BJP in 2013, he was broadly seen as a “secular alternative” to the juggernaut unleashed by Narendra Modi.
The JD(U) de facto chief had, nevertheless, sought to make gentle of the utterances of Mr Kushwaha who had parted methods seven years in the past to drift the RLSP, however returned to the guardian celebration a number of months in the past merging his outfit into it.
On Sunday, too, the chief minister refused to answer to queries of journalists who have been desirous to know his tackle the celebration’s projection of him as a veritable cult determine.
Mr Kushwaha was additionally requested in regards to the want for a coordination committee within the NDA, which was confused by JD(U) nationwide normal secretary KC Tyagi on the day gone by.
“I met Tyagi ji at my residence this morning. The demand is right. There is a need for better coordination,” mentioned Mr Kushwaha, whose reinduction into the JD(U) is being seen as Mr Kumar’s bid to consolidate his Kurmi-Koeri base following the celebration’s poor present within the meeting polls.
“It is true that we are sharing power with the BJP for so many years. Yet, it does not look good when different people in the same party speak in different voices. Caste census is a case in point,” remarked Mr Kushwaha, who had lately sought to underscore “internal conflict” inside the saffron celebration on the problem.
Second solely to the BJP, within the NDA in Parliament, by way of numerical energy, the JD(U) has created ripples by forcefully taking on the problem of non-inclusion of OBCs within the census, after the Centre disclosed that it proposed to enumerate solely the SCs and the STs.
The chief minister had lately met the PM, heading a delegation comprising legislators of all events within the state with the plea that the Centre contemplate their request.
The JD(U) nationwide council meet, amongst different issues, had additionally resolved to rally different states for the caste census demand, which has to date been most vociferous in Bihar the place the OBCs have dominated the political scene for shut to 3 many years.
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