Patna : Attacking LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan for praising Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday asked if he was not the same leader who had introduced himself to then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf as one who left NDA over the 2002 Godhra riots, report agencies.

“Paswan needs to tell people the truth about his quitting NDA government, whether it was on the question of change of his ministerial portfolio or the Gujarat riots?” Kumar told reporters here. “A person who missed no chance to criticise Narendra Modi after walking out of NDA is today lavishly praising him,” he said. Paswan, who shared the dais with Narendra Modi at a rally at Muzaffarpur on Monday, had described him as ‘vikas purush’ (development man) and ‘future Prime Minister of the country’ and criticised Kumar. Referring to Lalu Prasad, Kumar said there was no caste massacre in the last eight years in Bihar and the rime rate had declined in comparison to earlier times.

NO PACT WITH CONG:  Nitish also said there is “no question” of an alliance between his party Janata Dal-United and the Congress, ending speculations in this regard. “There is no question of an alliance between JD-U and the Congress,” Nitish Kumar told mediapersons here. “We (JD-U) have already joined hands with the Left parties, including CPI, to contest polls in the state. How can we have an alliance with the Congress,” Nitish Kumar said.

He also denied that JD-U leaders had met Congress leaders on the issue.

He said it was only media speculation that JD-U will join hands with the Congress to press their demand for special category status to Bihar.

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