"Golden words are not repeated," said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday evening when mediapersons requested him to clarify his advocacy of a secular person as NDA's prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections.
"I have said what I had to, golden words are not repeated," said the Bihar chief minister.
His cryptic reply came when asked to elaborate the five conditions that he had outlined for selection of the NDA's prime ministerial candidate for the next general elections.
"It was an interview (to an English daily). I don't need to give an interview again," Kumar said ignoring to a volley of questions by the media after emerging from a cabinet meeting.
Earlier on the day, NDA constituent JD-U on endorsed party leader Nitish Kumar's call for projection of a secular person as the alliance's prime ministerial candidate ahead of the general elections saying his stand is consistent in the backdrop of his secular credentials.
"Kumar's secular credentials and his call for projection of a secular person as NDA's prime ministerial candidate should be understood in proper perspective," Bihar JD-U president Vashistha Narayan Singh told reporters.
"The chief minister's stand on secularism has been consistent and has remained so in the past and present and will be so in future too. His comments on NDA's prime ministerial nominee is fit opinion."
Even as Narendra Modi is being projected as a prospective candidate of BJP for the post of Prime Minister, JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has put a spanner by saying that NDA's nominee for the top post should be somebody with "secular credentials".
Significantly, his views were echoed today by BJP leader and Bihar's Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who said the coalition's Prime Ministerial candidate should be "acceptable to all sections of the society."
Kumar noted that India is a multi-religious and multi-lingual country and its "leader should not have rough edges in his personality".
He emphasised that NDA will have to declare its candidate well ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014 so that the electorate knows who they are voting for but insisted that he was not aspiring for the Prime Ministership.
Vashistha Narayan Singh said Kumar's opinion on prime ministerial candidate should be understood in proper perspective as India is a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual country with a large population of poor people spread over a vast geographical area.
Kumar, he said, has 'rightly' addressed these geographical points and put forth his view on the prospective prime ministerial candidate of NDA.
The alliance between BJP and JD-U had been worked out on well settled principles comprising status quo on article 370 of Constitution and judicial and negotiated settlement of the vexed Babri Masjid issue among others.
"Kumar's stand on NDA's prime ministerial candidate vindicates JD-U's stand," he added.
The two NDA constituents had also agreed on a joint action plan on development and broad understanding on other public issues as the cornerstone of their alliance, Singh, also JD-U Rajya Sabha MP, said.
He urged NDA to finalize its prime ministerial candidate well in advance ahead of 2014 parliamentary polls.
JD-U's stand was consistent in view of the fact that the candidature of the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani was decided much before the polls.
He, however, refrained from directly answering when asked who would be the better prime ministerial candidate between Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi. "It is for the people and the media to judge."
Kumar has ruled himself out of the race of the prime ministership and cleared his position categorically any number of times as in the past leaders of major political parties occupied the post.
"At the same time there will be no change in the stand of the chief minister and JD-U now or in future that NDA's prime ministerial candidate should be a secular person.
"Our leader has made public his opinion and vision on the issue," he said.