Growing corruption paving way for anti-Congressism: Nitish

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New Delhi, Feb 2 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumartoday said growing corruption was paving way for a shifttowards anti-Congressism in national politics but parried aquestion on whether he was ready to lead any such oppositionmove.

"The situation is gradually unfolding. People areespecially exercised with the issue of corruption. People arerising against corruption.

"As far as the issue of leadership is concerned, ourpolitical system creates the leader. But it will all depend onsituations," Kumar told reporters in Press Club of India here.

He was replying to a query on whether there is apossibility of a resurgence of anti-Congressism as witnessedin past and is there anybody to provide leadership to theopposition in such an eventuality.

His remarks were significant as for quite some time, heis being talked about as a possible opposition candidate forPrime Ministership in the eventuality of a joint oppositioneffort to oust Congress from the Centre.

He, however, declined to answer a specific query onwhether he is ready to lead any such movement for change.

"Change is always brought in by people and people alsochoose the leader...what do I say on it," was his refrain tosuch queries.

When it was pointed out that his victory in Bihar alsostrengthened BJP''s hand, Kumar said, "This was not the victoryof any party or alliance but a victory of people of the state.

People of Bihar came together to vote for Bihar''s developmentin the election."

He also described his earlier disapproval of BJP''sTiranga Yatra to Kashmir as "a reaction coming from the heartand due to a thinking for was not made keeping inmind who felt what with it".

Kumar chose the occasion to make it clear that "We havean alliance with BJP but we have different views on manyissues."

Speaking separately at Indian Women''s Press Corps, Kumarsaid, "There is no discomfort in ties with BJP."

He also made a strong pitch for a JPC to probe 2GSpectrum allocation scam saying there is no other way out andthe kind of inquiry will benefit all.

"In my opinion, the demand for JPC should be accepted sothat there is also a probe by the JPC and Parliament alsofunctions smoothly. In my view, there is no other way out. Ifail to understand what is the problem in accepting JPC?".

Kumar said that while PAC would also look into the issue,JPC will have a "larger domain" and its report will bediscussed in Parliament. He said that move to constitute JPCwill benefit not only the ruling party but everybody. (MORE)PTI AMR SPC SPG

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