Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is looking to form a alternative alliance at the national level initially with Samajwadi Party and Janata Dal (Secular) and then include other regional parties for the upcoming general elections, a economic daily said on Friday.
In an interview to the Economic Times, the Bihar CM also dismissed the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) posturing about Narendra Modi's influence in the country and said that even if the Gujarat chief minister was not the party's prime ministerial candidate, he will not join hands with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) again.
"There is no such wave. What wave? I can't see a wave, but yes, I see Modi's hoardings. But people are not putting up the hoardings, BJP is doing it. You are either paying for the hoardings or they are being putting up free of cost," Nitish Kumar told ET.
"It is all over now. There is no question of going back from this path... How can I go back to them? It is suicidal to go back."
He told the newspaper that talks to create a larger front comprising Left parties, and the chief ministers of Odisha and Tamil Nadu, Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa, respectively are also simultaneously on.
"It can take the shape of a big party or a front. It's not exactly a merger of parties, but we can federate these parties. Talks are on between JD(U), Samajwadi Party and JD(S)," said Kumar.
"We will fight on our own symbols in our respective states. Something new could emerge in the next 10-15 days."
Talking about the Congress party, Kumar said that it does not have any "political or moral force" but only the "aura of being an old party".
He also criticised Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying that he needs to give straight answers.
"If he has to lead, then he has to talk directly. From the interview he has given, it seems that he has tried to evade giving straight answers. He has to confront the issues of the nation, the political issues. But he keeps talking about the same thing."