Tariq Anwar Balks on Nitish Kumar's Possible Run for PM's Post

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Patna: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) General Secretary Tariq Anwar, at a press conference in Patna on Friday, welcomed Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's call for national unity against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) though he hesitated when asked about Kumar's possible candidacy for the Prime Minister's post in 1919.

Anwar said that his party would give support to any coalition that sought to stop the growing influence of the 'communal forces' in India but failed to make a comment on Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's carefully-crafted whisper campaign for his candidacy as an alternative to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Parliamentary elections.

"The NCP would join hands with any party that seeks to defeat the BJP and the RSS. It would also join hands with the similar forces in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly elections are to be held in 2017," Anwar, whose party refused to join hands with the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar following dispute over seat sharing, said.

When asked if his party would support a Nitish Kumar candidacy for the PM's post in 2019, Anwar said that it was too early to talk about PM candidate as Parliamentary election was still more than three years away.

"No doubt Nitish Kumar has the required experience but it is premature to ask this question as a number of leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, could emerge as the Prime Ministerial candidate," the NCP leader said.

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