Narendra Modi as PM: Nitish Kumar's cabinet divided in Bihar

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Ahmedabad, May 9: Cracks are seen in Nitish Kumar's cabinet following a proposal by a senior BJP minister to make Narendra Modi the next Prime Minister of India if NDA government comes in power.

According to sources in Bihar government, BJP-JDU might face the problem if such statements or proposal be made in the future. The controversy clearly shows that the rift between the two governments led by Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi have not been healed up yet.

Celebrating the Bihar Diwas ceremony organised in Surat, Ashwani Kumar Choubey, the senior BJP minister in Nitish's cabinet openly claimed that BJP should promote Modi for the prime ministerial post for the upcoming Lok Sabha poll in 2014.

Sushil Kumar - the deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, meanwhile, tried to clarify the Choubey's statement. The deputy CM claimed that Choubey's observations could be his personal views and not that of the Party.

However, earlier Modi had endorsed Bihar and its people. The Gujarat CM, who was also present in Bihar Diwas celebration, stressed that Biharis can achieve this purpose if they put their hands together.

He asserted that Gujarat and Bihar share a 'good' relationship. "Gandhiji started his movement from Bihar, while JP Narayan started his from Gujarat. In this regard, Gujarat and Bihar are long-term friends. Even history depicts a long-term friendship between both the states. Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira are examples of this," he added.

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