Nitish calls for "alternative narrative" for Opposition

Not in race for PM's post Grand Alliance intact says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Nitish Kumar said the ruling alliance in Bihar remains strong and that he is committed to take the state forward. "The Opposition parties are trying to create misunderstanding between these two parties which will not be fulfilled", JD (U) leader Ali Anwar told ANI. "Congress is the largest party, it needs to step up and provide an agenda".

Chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday clarified that he will not be the Opposition's prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 polls, deeming himself ineligible for the post.

"We had tried to bring secular parties on one platform during the Assam elections and then again during the UP Assembly polls but we failed because the Congress didn't show any interest", the Bihar chief minister said.

Kumar further expressed concern over the way politics crept into presidential elections which pushed to the background the issues of the farmers. The JD-U had earlier chose to break ranks with the Congress, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and other opposition parties on supporting NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. "At a function, in the presence of Mr Chidambaram and Rahul Gandhi, I had asked the Congress to take the lead". He stressed, 'I do not want to be Prime Minister'.

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"The Congress is a big party and it has its own thought process and we have to work accordingly if it wishes to challenge him effectively in the general election in 2019", Kumar said.

According to the report, sources said the JD (U) had called Sunday's meeting with the "special objective" of sending across its "message of displeasure" with the Congress. Speaking on the issue of participation in RJD's "BJP Hatao, Desh Bachao" rally Nitish said he has only received informal invitation for the same.

He made this comment after JD (U) chose to support NDA Presidential nominee, Ram Nath Kovind. "If they want to attend it, they can or they can skip it", Tyagi added.

The chief minister elaborated that by setting an alternative narrative in the 2015 Bihar elections, the grand alliance comprising his Janata Dal (United), or JD (U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress had been able to upstage the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). We were not even aware of their castes.

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