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Lalu’s son says he is not in the race for Bihar chief minister although Nitish Kumar is ‘PM material’

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PATNA: RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s son and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Prasad Yadav has denied he was in the race for the chief minister of Bihar.

“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is ‘ PM material’ but I am not in the race for the CM,” Tejashwi told the media yesterday on the sidelines of the meeting of his Road Construction Department which he heads.

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The clarification assumes significance given the mounting attacks by BJP which alleged the RJD chief was backing Kumar as the PM candidate as he wants to install his son as the chief minister of Bihar in the event of any vacancy.

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The opposition also accused Kumar of ignoring Bihar for his focus on national politics after his election as the new president of the Janata Dal United which is in power in the state.

Kumar in his new avatar has advocated for “RSS-free India” while exhorting all secular forces across the country to come on a single platform and defeat the “divisive agenda” of the BJP.

However, the idea has elicited cold response from the parties. Even its most trusted alliance partner, the Congress, has not welcomed the idea saying the alliance with the JD-U was limited to Bihar only.

“By the time 2019 (when the next general elections are scheduled) approaches, things will slide so much for the Modi dispensation and BJP that there will be no need for any alliance. The people themselves will throw out the government,” was how Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmad has commented. Significantly, Ahmad hails from Bihar.

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