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Supported Pranab for his stature: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated his stand on “secular prime ministerial candidate” for the 2014 general elections

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: July 3, 2012 2:53:57 am

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday reiterated his stand on “secular prime ministerial candidate” for the 2014 general elections and said he had made the remarks after “due care and deliberation”. He also made it clear that the JD(U)-BJP relationship was based on certain agreements,but both parties were entitled to their independent views on political issues.

Nitish played down Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik’s “financial pact for support to Pranab Mukherjee” remarks. “We have not supported Mukherjee thinking of any loss or profit. It is a support to the stature of this man who has risen above politics,” said Nitish,adding that he has requested Mukherjee to visit Bihar first after becoming the President. “We are happy that someone from West Bengal will become the President. Bihar and Bengal were one state in the past,” he said.

Mukherjee,who called Nitish four days ago,had wished to visit Bihar for campaigning. Nitish told Mukherjee that there was “no need for him to do so because he already enjoyed JD(U)’s support”. The Bihar CM,who takes Mukherjee’s elevation to the country’s topmost post a foregone conclusion,has been,in fact,preparing to get his dream agriculture roadmap project inaugurated by Mukherjee once he becomes the President of India.

On June 14,Nitish had said that the NDA’s PM nominee should have a “clean and secular” image. “It is a good that my words have started a debate. It has also brought me sharp criticism from the RSS. But we have an alliance with the BJP,not with the RSS,” he told reporters at the weekly janta darbar.

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