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None has the strength to compete with Narendra Modi: Nitish Kumar

LiveMint logoLiveMint 31-07-2017 PTI

Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is virtually unstoppable going into the 2019 general elections as no party or leader has the strength to compete with him, says Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

“None has the strength to compete with Narendra Modi,” said Nitish at a press conference after taking over as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar last week with the support of BJP.

Nitish also said he had no option but to walk out of the grand alliance as continuing in it would have meant compromising with corruption.

“There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told a press conference.

Kumar said that he had never sought a clarification but wanted them (Lalu Prasad and family) to answer the queries raised regarding corruption.

“Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” he said.

Kumar also spoke highly about Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “Nobody has the strength to compete with Modiji”.

Noting that the RJD had made objectionable statements against Modi, he said, “I had tolerated every criticism for the sake of the ‘mahagatbandhan’. But none from the JD(U) had said anything against RJD’s supreme leader.”

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.

On the issue of vice-presidential election, Kumar said that the JD(U) will support the candidature of Gopal Krishna Gandhi. “We have already given our word to him.”

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