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‘No vacancy’: BJP minister on Bihar ‘PM material’ row

“People should not be under any illusion about the PM post. There is neither vacancy of PM nor of CM,” Rai said when asked about remarks by JD(U) parliamentary party leader Upendra Kushwaha

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna |
Updated: September 2, 2021 3:57:33 am
Upendra Kushwaha had rekindled sentiments about Nitish Kumar being "PM material" a few weeks ago. (File)

Days after a JD(U) meeting passed a resolution stating “Nitish Kumar has all the qualities PM should have”, senior BJP leader and revenue and land reforms minister Ramsurat Rai Wednesday said there was “neither a vacancy for PM nor for Bihar CM”.

“People should not be under any illusion about the PM post. There is neither vacancy of PM nor of CM,” Rai said when asked about remarks by JD(U) parliamentary party leader Upendra Kushwaha, who had said that JD(U) did not intend to tease its ally BJP but called Nitish Kumar “PM material” as a matter of “assertion and pride”.

Rai also took on Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Prasad Yadav by saying that the RJD leader should not be under the illusion that there is a vacancy for the position of Bihar CM. Tejashwi had said that it was for the BJP to decide if Nitish Kumar is PM material.

On Kushwaha’s remarks that a few BJP leaders had also been demanding caste census, Rai said, “Is he (Kushwaha) the owner of BJP?…PM Narendra Modi will take a call on this. At the national level, PM Modi is the unanimous leader and in Bihar, Nitish Kumar is the unanimous leader.”

Nitish Kumar had earlier distanced himself from his party’s statement about him being “PM material”. Most BJP leaders have refrained from commenting on the remarks so far.

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