With JD(U)'s virtual vetoing of Narendra Modi in the prime ministerial stakes coming as music to its ears, Congress on Sunday said other NDA partners should take a cue from its key ally insisting on a nominee having a "secular credibility beyond doubt".
The Congress assessment of how the party looked at the JD(U) resolution which voiced reservations over the Gujarat chief minister's possible candidature without taking his name was given by I&B minister Manish Tewari.
"Today these voices have started emanating from within the NDA.
"So I think the other partners of NDA need to take cue from what JD(U) has said and step up to the plate and make the vision of the idea of India clear," Tewari told reporters.
Tewari said the Congress and other pluralistic parties stand for secular vision of India.
The Congress also used JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar's remarks to take a dig at Modi for "beating his own drum" about the developments in Gujarat and spending money on "propaganda" when other chief ministers are performing better than him.
"Modi has been beating his own drum. While other chief ministers have been doing better than him, they are not going around beating their drums," Congress leader Rajiv Shukla told reporters here.
His comments came after Nitish said "many people accept it as development even when a developed state grows", and stressed that there is a need to see from where did a particular state start its development march.
The remarks seen as a barb against Modi over his frequent reference to the Gujarat model of development.
"...this is what he (Nitish) must be wanting to convey that I have done more development than you have done but since you are beating the drum and I am not beating the drum, that does not mean that I have not done anything," Shukla said.
He said many other chief ministers have done a lot of good work but they are not "going around propagating or spending so much money on propaganda" which Gujarat Government is doing.