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Nitish Kumar On Buzz About His Contest For Parliament

“I don’t do anything for myself,” Nitish Kumar said.


Bihar’s prime minister, Nitish Kumar, who reportedly ran for the position of the opposition prime minister’s candidate, today made another denial about his reported ambition. Asked about a buzz that he will contest Phulpur’s 2024 parliamentary elections, he said: “I am shocked. There is no such thing”.

“I want to work for the younger generation and ensure their future. I do nothing for myself,” he said, pointing to his deputy, Tejashwi Yadav.

The Phulpur parliamentary constituency is located in neighboring Uttar Pradesh and was once represented by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Mr Kumar has repeatedly denied his candidacy against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024 since his party parted ways with the BJP.

While he is seen as a hopeful prime minister, and probably more widely accepted for the top post in northern India than Arvind Kejriwal or Mamata Banerjee, the opposition parties have made it clear that they are far from such a notion.

Leader after leader, from CPM’s Sitaram Yechury to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, have said they would cross that bridge if they reached it – after the election and with a majority in their pocket.

Mr Kumar therefore keeps his cards close to his chest, admitting only that his national role is limited to bringing the opposition under one umbrella to counter the BJP juggernaut in 2024.

Asked about the matter during his recent visit to Delhi, Mr Kumar said: “I am not a claimant, nor do I desire to be”.

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Yet the perception has persisted, with Mr Kumar’s deft dealings with opposition leaders and the move to leverage his experience with the BJP.

A day after his split from the BJP, he had refuted Prime Minister Modi’s remark that his government’s action against corruption had led to “new polarization” in politics.

“In order to save these corrupt people, certain political groups are coming out openly and trying to organize themselves into a unit,” Prime Minister Modi had said, without describing the new turmoil in the opposition.

“Why would anyone protect the corrupt? The way they (the BJP) cause apostasy, why don’t they talk about that? We never tolerated the corrupt in Bihar for that long,” Nitish Kumar told reporters. Quoting former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr Kumar said: “The way he took care of everyone… Also in Bihar I got the chance to work for so many years. The people in the center can keep talking, I can’t really difficult”.

During his visit to Delhi, Mr Kumar had met most of the opposition leaders, starting with Congressional Rahul Gandhi and ending with Arvind Kejriwal – the Chief Minister of Delhi and the leader of the Aam Aadmi party who will be hard to get on board in 2019. used to be. He even paid a visit to CPM’s headquarters, noting that it was once his permanent residence.

On Sunday, Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav will travel to Haryana to take part in a rally likely to be attended by several opposition party leaders.



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