Patna: Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejaswi Yadav, at a press conference in Patna on Wednesday, gave the 'PM Material' certificate to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while denying rumors that he was gunning for the CM's post in Bihar once Nitish was elected the Prime Minister of India.
"There is no doubt Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is a PM material and a lot of us would support his candidacy should he decide to run for the post in future. However, I am not in the Chief Minister race as suggested by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi," Yadav said in reference to Modi's Tuesday statement that Nitish Kumar had abandoned Bihar in his quest for Prime Minister's post and should put the power in Tejaswi or Tej Pratap Yadav's hand and pursue his dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India full time so Bihar does not suffer due to his absence from his current job.
Calling Modi's suggestion 'baseless', Yadav, the younger son of former Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Rabri Devi, said that Nitish Kumar was a hard-working visionary and an honest man who wanted to see India progress.
"The question is why not? He (Nitish Kumar) is a proven leader who would make a great Prime Minister. Mr. Modi is only trying to divert the topic. If he must offer his advice, it should be on development issues and I will be more than happy to listen to him," the Deputy CM said.
Yadav, who is also the Road Construction Minister of Bihar, however, evaded a question when asked who would be a better PM - Nitish Kumar or Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
"That's not up to me but for the people to decide," he said.
Rest of Yadav's press conference was made up of the usual talking points of the RJD and JD-U as to how the RSS was dividing the nation on communal lines and how youths like Rohith Vemula and Kanhaiya Kumar were being targeted by the saffron party.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS