Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at the 'Socialist Unity Convention' at Anjuman Islamia Hall in Patna on Tuesday, denied dreaming about becoming the Prime Minister of India saying he was not a fool to think that he could occupy the nation's highest chair with only 17 MPs in his hand.
"I have been accused of dreaming about becoming the Prime Minister of India but I am not a fool to claim the nation's highest post with only 17 MPs. I realize my limitations but there is a concerted effort by my opponents who are spreading this rumor to make it look like I have abandoned Bihar in my quest for PM's chair," the Chief Minister said in the presence of several socialists from various states including Medha Patkar and Harbhajan Singh Siddhu.
The event was organized to mark the 82nd anniversary of the formation of Congress Socialist Movement.
Kumar further said that the opposition was also accusing him of spending all his time talking about prohibition in Bihar.
"I don't care what they say; the fact is I am very encouraged by the response of prohibition in the state. Today, people of Bihar are much happier and if Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh also followed Bihar's suit, the state will become completely alcohol free. In this manner, one day the entire nation will be under total prohibition," he said.
Training his gun on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kumar raked up the 'Love Jihad', beef, and 'Ghar Wapasi' issues earlier raised by the saffron party saying that was simply the 'trailer' of a movie that would be released if the BJP once again came into power in 2019.
He also took not so subtle jab at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh saying there were leaders who talked about uniting the secular forces but when the time came, they backed out of the deal after a few photo-ops.