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Pray for Modi's long life, may he not be PM: JD (U)

delhi Updated: Sep 17, 2013 16:11 IST

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On the occasion of Narendra Modi's birthday, Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi on Tuesday prayed that the Gujarat chief minister doesn't become prime minister of the country.

Tyagi, however, extended "heartiest wishes" to Modi and wished for his long life.

"Heartiest wishes on his birthday, we wish for his long life and also pray that he doesn't become the PM of this nation," Tyagi said.

The Janata Dal (United) ended its 17-year-long association with the BJP earlier in June this year citing differences over Modi's elevation as the poll panel chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar earlier on Saturday disapproved Modi's anointment as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, saying the nation will never accept such divisive elements.

"Whatever we said earlier has now come as the truth. We knew this will happen. And since it was not acceptable to us, we pulled out of the NDA alliance," Nitish told media in Patna.

"Let them rejoice, but the people of the country will never accept such divisive elements. Their view is not to unite and strengthen the country, but to weaken the country," he added.

BJP on Friday announced Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections.

The announcement came after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board in Delhi, which unanimously decided to project Modi as the prime ministerial candidate.