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Am not in PM race : Sharad Yadav

PTI  Dhanbad, Jharkhand, August 11, 2012
First Published: 17:22 IST(11/8/2012) | Last Updated: 17:29 IST(11/8/2012)
UPA convenor and JD(U) national president Sharad Yadav on Saturedy said he was not in the race for prime ministership if NDA won majority in 2014 general election.
    
“The prime ministerial candidate would be decided by NDA at the time of election. It is too early to jump to any conclusion. Since all have freedom of speech, let them speak their mind on the name of the NDA prime ministerial candidate,” Yadav, who arrived here from New Delhi to attend a two-day training camp of Jharkhand JD(U) state unit at Maithon, told newsmen here.
 
Yadav's comment follows party leader Nitish Kumar pitching for announcing in advance the name of NDA prime ministerial candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections and his denial of any aspiration to the highest post. He had also advocated a secular candidate.
 
Adding further grist to the mill to the Nitish Kumar versus Narendra Modi debate, he claimed that Bihar was the best governed state in the country and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had corroborated it.
        
"Mohan Bhagwat is an experienced person and whatever he said about Bihar is the ground reality. His statement corroborated that Nitish Kumar is the best chief minister in the country. Better than Narendra Modi," he said.
 
Bhagwat during an interaction with foreign media on Thursday had said Bihar was better governed state than Gujarat.
  
The division of Bihar was wrong decision. Jharkhand, which was created out of it, has not developed as it should have due to the Centre's apathy, he said.
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