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Nitish Kumar says nobody has the capacity to compete with Modi in 2019, had no option but to quit Grand Alliance

When asked if Narendra Modi would retain power at the Centre in 2019, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said: “Nobody has the capacity to compete with Modiji”.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2017 18:43 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna on Monday.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday he had no option but to walk out of the Grand Alliance as continuing in it would have meant compromising with corruption.

“There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,” he told a press conference.

Kumar said he had never sought a clarification but wanted them (Lalu Prasad and family) to answer the queries raised regarding corruption.

“Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” he said.

When asked when Narendra Modi should retain power at the Centre in 2019, he said: “Nobody has the capacity to compete with Modiji”.

Noting that the RJD had made objectionable statements against Modi, he said, “I had tolerated every criticism for the sake of the ‘mahagatbandhan’. But none from the JD(U) had said anything against RJD’s supreme leader.”

On secularism, Kumar said that he did not need any certificate from anybody on the issue.

“What does secularism mean? Does secularism mean making property worth thousands of crores?” he asked.

On the issue of vice-presidential election, Kumar said that the JD(U) will support the candidature of Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

“We have already given our word to him.”