No one has capacity to take on Narendra Modi in 2019: Nitish Kumar

"Modi ji ka muqabla karne ki kisi mein chhamta hai nahi," said Kumar in his first press conference after being sworn in as the chief minister for the sixth time.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2017 8:14 pm
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Showering praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that “nobody has the capability to challenge him” in the 2019 elections. “Modi ji ka muqabla karne ki kisi mein chhamta hai nahi,” said Kumar in his first press conference after being sworn in as the chief minister for the sixth time.

Interestingly, Kumar had severed ties with the BJP before the 2014 elections after the NDA nominated Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. Kumar, however, had said his reason to break the alliance with the BJP was that he did not wish to empower the communal forces.

Three years later, Kumar however, joined hands with the BJP after breaking the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress in Bihar and formed anew government in alliance with the saffron party. Citing corruption cases against RJD leaders, Kumar resigned as the chief minister last week, only to be sworn in as the chief minister again with the support of the BJP.

On secularism, Kumar said that he did not need any certificate from anybody on the issue. “What does secularism mean? Does secularism mean making property worth thousands of crores?” he asked.

The Congress, however, mocked Kumar for praising Modi saying that the Bihar Chief Minister has once claimed that Modi would ruin the nation. Speaking to ANI, Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said,” Now, Nitish Kumar will only sing praises of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier he used to say Modi will ruin the nation and he won’t ally with BJP led-Central Government in any condition. He is a man of no principles and he won’t decide who will win the 2019 Lok Sabha election but the nation will.”

Taking a jibe at Nitish Kumar for joining BJP amid the prevailing tension in the Bihar Grand Alliance, Congress MP Rajeev Shukla said that the former does not have the nerve to say anything against the Prime Minister now, given the current circumstances. “What do you expect from Nitish Kumar? Will he say Modi will lose 2019 Lok Sabha Elections? He is running the government with support of Modi ji. How can he speak against Modi?”

 

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    Eknath Meshram
    Aug 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm
    THERE IS NO EXAGGERATION IN WHAT MR. NITISH KUMAR SAYS AT PRESENT. THE BJP IS NOT HOLY COW PARTY BUT THE FRAGMENTED OPPOSITION CANNOT DISLODGE BJP FROM POWER. THERE IS NO AGGRESSIVE LEADER IN OPPOSITION WHO CAN AGGRESSIVELY ENCOUNTER THE FAILURES OF BJP ON VARIOUS ISSUES. MR. NITISH KUMAR MADE HIMSELF ZERO BY JOINING HANDS WITH BJP THOUGH HE KNOWS THAT THE BJP ALSO IS FULL OF CRIMINALS AND CORRUPT PERSONS. THE ACTION OF MR. NITISH KUMAR WILL PROVE SUICIDAL FOR HIMSELF IN FUTURE AND IN CASE BJP WITHDRAWS SUPPORT, HE WILL BE CRUSHED BY SINISTER DESIGN OF BJP.
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      sam
      Aug 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm
      22 out of 29 ministers are having criminal records in nitish govt.which is more than the grad aliance.
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        Tariq Khan
        Aug 1, 2017 at 11:12 am
        History proves that no ruler is ever invincible Modi is not exception.
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          Ravishanker Verma
          Jul 31, 2017 at 9:46 pm
          Good decision both for the state and the country. Modiji is definitely a man to reckon with. Hope this alliance continues for ever now......
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            P.C.Kulkarni
            Jul 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm
            Nitish is nothing but a chameleon
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              Ravi
              Jul 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm
              F.o.o.k him. Re-electing a bigot enables further bigotry. God may not allow this.
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                Antony
                Jul 31, 2017 at 9:31 pm
                Alert: White supremacy racist rapist Christian Church brown IT cell guy trolling
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                  Tarun
                  Aug 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                  So why are you posing like Ravi?
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                K. Javantheeswaran
                Jul 31, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                In fact, 5 years is too short a period for a Govt - whether State or Central - for doing anything concrete. The first year is gone in the Govt settling down and the last year (5th) is gone in fighting election. What is left is only 3 years. Modiji will return in 2019 100 . Modiji and Nitishji must be given 10 year tenures for ridding the country of corruption and bad elements, and for transforming the country. Both are honest and strong politicians whom our country needs.
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                  dashrath
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm
                  The opportunism of Nitishkumar is exposed. PEOPLE of Bihar will not forget it. What a fall !
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                    Antony
                    Jul 31, 2017 at 9:32 pm
                    Really? Lallu looting forn10'years then putting his wife as CM while he is in jail then his two kids as Ministers and daughter as MP how far the looting must go? Didnthe Bihari elect them to loot only with 80 seats? Is that the logic?
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