No Clear Majority for NDA Post May 23, Project Nitish Kumar as PM Face to Form Govt, Says JD(U) Leader
Gulam Rasool Baliyavi said NDA was getting votes in the state due to the work of the chief minister and not Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.
Janata Dal United MLC Gulam Rasool Baliyavi has said the NDA will not be able to get majority after May 23 and if it wants to form the government, it must project Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate.
Baliyavi, a prominent Muslim face in the party and believed to be an aide of Kumar, told News18 Bihar that the NDA was getting votes in the state due to the work of the chief minister and not Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s face.
The statement has once again reignited the discussion around pitching Kumar as the PM face, though the chief minister has denied such reports.
In February, JD(U)’s Prashant Kishor had said Modi would return as the Prime Minister after Lok Sabha polls and though Kumar was "a big leader in the NDA" it was "unfair" to view him as a claimant for the top post, even in the event of the BJP not getting a clear mandate. Anybody who has ruled a major state like Bihar for close to 15 years is bound to have a stature. But it would be unfair to him if we start considering him a claimant for the prime minister's post,” he said.
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