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Nitish hopeful of NDA forming government at Centre

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he was with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and claimed the combine will form the government.

india Updated: May 13, 2009 18:45 IST

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he was with National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and claimed the combine will form the government.

"I was in NDA and will remain there. In this election, we will (NDA) become victorious and form the government," Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.

Asked about the comments by opposition parties for his sharing the dais with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at NDA rally in Ludhiana, he said "it was a rally organised by NDA and I was in Ludhiana for that purpose. I have not gone to Gujarat nor Gujarat Chief Minister had come to Bihar."

Taking a dig at RJD chief Lalu Yadav's comment that he (Nitish) has teeth in his stomach, the Bihar Chief minister said "Doctor Lalu Yadav. I am ready for a MRI scan."

In reply to a question about the relief money for Kosi river floods being returned, Kumar said he had a talk with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after which he had assured him that he would look into the matter.

Asked if he has any plan to meet political leaders during his stay, Kumar said he has come to attend a reception and will return.

To a question about political leaders meeting each other in anticipation of forming the government, he said "since result is to come on May 16, what these people will do? So, they are meeting each other."