PATNA: A senior JD-U leader and party spokesperson Dr Ranvir Nandan has asked the BJP to project Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate and fulfill the coalition dharma.
He said the “development model of Nitish Kumar is the best in the country and his development initiates have earned huge praise not only from across Indian states but also at the international forums.
“So keeping view his image and development model, the BJP should project Nitish Kumar as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate,” Nandan demanded.
‘Fight Bihar elections on PM Modi’s face’
The demand came from the JD-U after a former union minister and BJP lawmaker Sanjay Paswan suggested Kumar to vacate his throne for the BJP and shift to national politics.
Paswan is not alone in making this observation. Now, former union minister Dr CP Thakur too has demanded that the BJP be given the chance.
“Today BJP has emerged as the most powerful party in the country with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the organization. So, the next elections should be fought on the face of the Prime Minister,” Thakur observed.
Such statements coming from the BJP leaders at regular intervals have brought the JD-U under pressures but the JD-U is trying to put up brave face.
‘Only Nitish is the CM face for Bihar’
“Just as Modi is the Prime Minister face for the NDA at the Centre, Nitish Kumar remains the NDA’s face for chief minister’s post in Bihar,” JD-U general secretary KC Tyagi to the media on Tuesday.
JD-U’s national spokesperson Pawan Kumar Varma asked the BJP leadership to clarify the statements coming form the party leaders. He asked if the statements coming from the BJP leaders are their personal views or the official stand of the party.
The BJP leaders have virtually opened a front against the chief minister right since the JD-U put up two hoardings at the party office through which it tried to convey the message that the Nitish Kumar is the chief ministerial candidate for Bihar and there is no need for any thiniking about leadership change.