PATNA: Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today mocked the Prime Ministerial dream of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar saying there is no “vacancy” for the post in near future.
“Where is the vacancy for PM? Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue on the post for the next 15 years,” Paswan told the media in Patna today.
He alleged Kumar was being projected as the “PM material” by his men under a well thought-out conspiracy to divert the people’s attention from the real issues, and suggested the chief minister to either focus on Bihar or openly join the national politics.
His son and parliamentarian Chirag Paswan too has suggested the chief minister to take care of Bihar saying the people handed out the mandate to run the state.
The comments come in the backdrop of the ruling JD-U trying hard to project Kumar as the Prime Ministerial face of the anti-BJP front saying he is the man who delivers what he promises.
Not only the Opposition parties, even the Congress which is a key coalition partner in the Grand Alliance government, has taken potshots at Kumar’s PM ambition.
“None else but Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister in the event of UPA gaining majority in the next general elections,” said Awadhesh Kumar Singh, a senior Congress leader and minister for animal husbandry and fisheries in the Nitish Kumar government.
Top party leadership too has made it clear that the alliance is limited only to Bihar and does not exist at the national level.
In fact, the Congress looks to be battling hard to stop the Prime Ministerial ambition of Kumar with the latter getting support from leaders like NCP chief Sharad Pawar, RJD president Lalu Prasad and some Left parties.
Irony of the situation is that it’s the Congress which had supported Chief Ministerial candidature of Kumar during the recently-held Bihar assembly elections when RJD chief Prasad was in no mood to project him as Grand Alliance’s CM face. Rather he wanted to settle the issue after elections.
Now, the same Kumar is proving too hard to be tamed for the Congress!