The NDA's prime ministerial candidate should be as liberal a person as former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Bihar Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Tuesday.
"The prime ministerial candidate will be decided by the NDA and not the BJP," Modi said here.
A BJP leader, Modi spoke following chief minister Nitish Kumar's statement that the NDA should declare its prime ministerial candidate well in advance and he or she should be secular and accepted to all.
"The PM should be liberal ('udar') like Atal Bihari Vajpayee," Modi told newspersons.
But he added that it was too early to talk about the prime ministerial candidate as the 2014 elections were far away.