Not in the race for PM's post in 2019: Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) national president Nitish Kumar emphatically said that he was not in the race for the prime minister’s post in 2019.

“I am unnecessarily being targeted. We are a small party. I am not a fool… If I become the national president of my party, it does not mean that I harbour national aspiration (of becoming the PM),” Nitish told.

Stating that he believed in working for the people, Nitish said he has served the people throughout his political career – be it as MP, Union minister and now as the chief minister.

Asked whether he has the capability to lead a non-BJP alternative, Nitish said that “I neither have any aspiration nor the ability to become the PM.”

The JD(U) president said that it was difficult to say as to who will emerge as the PM candidate in 2019.

“It sounds weird… I am not the claimant for the prime minister’s post in 2019 (general elections),” he said.

“The person in whom people will see potential will become the prime minister. People saw potential in Narendra Modi during last elections, he has become the PM,” Nitish said.

(Agencies)