Not in the race for PM post: Nitish KumarMay 2nd, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by IANS
Patna, May 2 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Saturday maintained that he was not in the running for the prime minister’s post, a day after a senior Janta Dal-United (JD-U) leader suggested his name as a possible candidate for the top job.
“I am not in the race for the prime minister’s post,” Nitish Kumar told reporters here before leaving for campaigning.
“Not even in my dreams have I thought that I will become PM,” he said in Hindi.
The leader stressed that he was happy with his current job as Bihar chief minister.
“I don’t think I am a person of that stature to claim the post of PM,” Nitish Kumar added.
He made it clear that being chief minister was itself a big responsibility given to him by the people of Bihar to develop the state and he was busy doing just that.
JD-U spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari had Friday said here that Nitish Kumar could well be a prime ministerial candidate. Tiwari, a Rajya Sabha MP, stunned JD-U alliance partner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by saying that Nitish Kumar would be a better candidate than Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as indicated by a few BJP leaders.
Interestingly, Nitish Kumar’s political rivals - Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan - have earlier publicly expressed their prime ministerial ambitions.
- War rages in Bihar between BJP, JD-U (Bihar Newsletter) - Jun 23, 2012
- Bihar's ruling JD-U is against Modi for PM's post - Sep 18, 2011
- Gakari asks party functionaries, allies to exercise restraint - Jun 26, 2012
- BJP leader walks over to JD-U in Bihar - Jul 03, 2012
- Bihar leaders in war of words over PM candidate - Jun 19, 2012
- Sharad Yadav rejects Advani's prediction on 2014 polls - Aug 06, 2012
- JD(U) says Nitish eligible for PM, lauds Advani for blog - Aug 07, 2012
- Nitish meets Jaswant, pledges support - Jul 26, 2012
- BJP core group to meet today, allies divided over presidency (Lead) - Jun 16, 2012
- Nitish Kumar congratulates Pranab, invites him to Bihar - Jul 22, 2012
- Advani blog: Sena fumes, JD(U) welcomes prediction (Lead) - Aug 07, 2012
- Sharad Yadav dodges queries on Modi as PM row - Jun 20, 2012
- Nitish attacks Modi as Shiv Sena backs Pranab (Roundup) - Jun 19, 2012
- BJP will not encourage desertions from JD-U in Bihar: Modi - Jul 10, 2012
- JD-U leader supports Mukherjee - Jun 16, 2012
Tags: alliance partner, bjp leaders, campaigning, chief minister, gujarat, janta dal united, jd, lalu prasad, ljp, narendra, nitish kumar, patna, political rivals, prime ministerial candidate, rajya sabha, ram vilas paswan, shivanand, stature, top job, vilas