No politics in denying ticket to George Fernandes: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar remained stuck to the party's decision of not giving a Lok Sabha ticket to senior JDU leader George Fernandes.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 6:05 pm

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday remained stuck to the party’s decision of not giving a Lok Sabha ticket to senior JD(U) leader George Fernandes saying the decision was taken after “due deliberation”.

“Saying Fernandes was denied a ticket is not correct. The party requested him not to contest in Lok Sabha election owing to his health problems and offered him a Rajya Sabha nomination instead. The decision was taken after due deliberation,” Kumar told reporters.

“The party took the decision as it did not want to burden him with pressures of a parliamentary election. There is no politics in it,” he said,when asked what differences within the party led to the denial of ticket to the veteran leader.

Maintaining that the party has not shown any disrespect to the senior leader,Kumar said Fernandes is not in a condition to take up the strains of election. “There is a human aspect to the decision,which should be seen. It pains me when it is projected that the party denied Fernandes a ticket,” he added.

A day before,the 79-year-old former Defence Minister dismissed as “misguided and false” the oft-repeated remarks of party leaders,including that of Kumar’s saying he was “sick”.

“I am sitting fit and fine before you,” Fernandes told a press conference in Muzaffarpur yesterday,where he had gone “to ask” the people whether or not to contest from the seat after denial of the ticket by the party.

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