Bettiah : It was Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s turn on Thursday to make his prime ministerial ambitions known saying, he is more qualified and experienced than those ‘roaming around’ for the top job. “I am more qualified than those roaming around for the PM post,” Kumar said during his ‘sankalp yatra’.
Without naming PM probables Narendra Modi or Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, he said, “While one does not have the experience of Parliament another has no experience of running a state…I have both experiences…Am I less qualified than them?” Asked if he was a PM candidate, Kumar said his party JD (U) was small and modest and did not make tall claims, but believed in working sincerely for the people.
Reacting to the names of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Jayalithaa who have also put their money for the post, Kumar shot back saying, “What’s wrong in this? Every party has its strategy to maximise support among people.” Kumar also claimed that all ‘sponsored’ poll surveys would be proved wrong ultimately and neither BJP nor Congress would come to power. “In fact the new grouping which you call Third Front will be the First Front,” he said.
“The non-Congress and non-BJP parties will have the largest numbers after the polls,” he said, referring to the Federal Front of 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties for which he has been a prime mover. He categorically ruled out siding either with Congress or BJP after the polls. In an apparent dig at his Gujarat counterpart, he said, “2002 riots had led to the demise of NDA in 2004 general elections.” –IANS