Shortly after senior Bharatiya Janata Party [ Images ] leader Yashwant Sinha [ Images ] said that he thinks his party should name Gujarat CM Narendra Modi [ Images ] as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance’s largest ally Janata Dal-United sought to downplay Sinha’s remarks by stating that it wasn’t BJP’s official stand.
“Our party (JD-U) had already made its stand clear on NDA’s PM candidature, and it is known to all. If BJP will come out with its official stand, the JD-U will react then,” party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar told mediapersons in Patna.
JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has openly revealed his party’s reservations over naming ‘communal’ Modi as NDA’s PM candidate.
Another JD-U leader and party MP Ali Anwar Ansari noted that Nitish Kumar had already made his stand clear on the lines of party’s principles. “Now the JD-U will not repeat it again. The party will announce its stand if BJP declares anything officially”.
“If Nitish Kumar (Bihar CM and leader of Janata Dal-United, crucial alliance partner of BJP-led NDA) is not happy let him quit the alliance. Modi can lead the way," Sinha had said.
Taking a dig at Nitish Kumar, Sinha said, either the whole party is communal or its not, but only one individual (Modi) should not be dubbed as communal.