Was Never In Race For PM Post: Nitish Kumar

| Updated: 12 August, 2022 5:18 pm IST

PATNA: Setting aside speculations of him being a contender for the top post, Bihar Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday reiterated that he has no Prime Ministerial ambitions. CM Kumar also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for their comments on the return of jungleraaj in the state. 

CM Kumar further said that those who are not given value in their party are making such claims to keep themselves relevant.

“I am not a contender for the Prime Ministerial post. My job is to work properly and I just want the opposition to work unitedly so that we can raise the voice of the people and bring a good atmosphere to the country,” he said while responding to a query about his wish to be the Prime Ministerial candidate.

On the allegations of the return of jungleraaj in the state, the JD (U) leader said, “Those who are not getting any value in their party are accusing me of earning brownie points. Their party had sidelined them, so they are making such comments to keep themselves relevant.”

When questioned about the alleged misuse of central agencies, the Janata Dal (United) leader said, “Those who are habitual of misusing central agencies, the people will give them reply wisely for all their actions.”

To another question about what will be his role in the opposition at the national level, he said, “I will try for opposition unity. I am getting a number of calls. And I will try to bring the opposition together.”

When pointed out the 10 lakh jobs for youths as promised by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, Nitish Kumar said that his government has been working on 7 nishchay (7 promises) and we are trying to generate jobs in the state. “So he (Tejashwi Yadav) has said correctly about the job generation,” he said.

On the question of deaths due to the consumption of illegal liquor in the Chhapra district, the CM said that he has been appealing to people to not consume liquor as it is not good for their health.

“We prohibited liquor in Bihar as it is not good for your health. And those who drink will die. Many people left drinking due to our decision,” Kumar said. “We will take action against those who are responsible for it. We have also been taking action earlier,” he added.

Nitish Kumar on Tuesday ditched the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and joined hands with the RJD, Congress and the Left to return to Mahagathbandhan in the state. He took the oath as CM on Wednesday with Tejashwi Yadav as his deputy.

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