Being wooed by the Congress and the Left alike, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday denied he was in talks with any party beyond the constituents of his own NDA, which he claimed will be able to get a majority on its own after the Lok Sabha elections.
"How many times do you expect me to deny that I am in talks with the Left? I have done it more than half a dozen times already. I have neither been approached nor have I reached out to them. I am in touch with only the NDA partners," he told reporters before leaving to address an election rally of the alliance at Ludhiana.
Kumar's statement came close on the heels of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's claim that he was in touch with the Left and would go with them after the polls and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat reaching out to him.
"JD(U) and NCP have a significant role to play after the elections," Karat had said, suggesting Kumar to break ties with the saffron party.
Asked whether Kumar would risk his government in Bihar where he is dependent on BJP for survival, Karat said, "Nitish Kumar has carved out a very strong position in Bihar and independently today he is a major force, so he can strike out. I think... Take the plunge like Naveen Patnaik of BJD has done."
"Nitish Kumar will emerge as a major force in Bihar. So he could do without depending on BJP or any other party. I think it will be in his interest," Karat had told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN's 'Devil's Advocate' programme.
Asked how much he thought the NDA would benefit from the TRS showing inclination to join the alliance, Kumar said with the existence of a strong possibility of the NDA emerging as the biggest alliance in a position to form government, more potential allies would be attracted towards it.
Replying to a question he, however, did not not completely rule out a scenario in which the NDA is not able to form a government on its own.
"So I am saying it is no use of making predictions about the outcome of elections now. We should wait till the results are out," he said.
Kumar refused to take a question about his sharing the dias with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Ludhiana.