After Prez poll issue; NDA faced with JD(U) threat over Modi

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New Delhi, Jun 20: If the Presidential poll has not created enough rift within the NDA, the issue on who the NDA's nominee will be for the Prime Minister's post for the 2014 elections has already started brewing. With the BJP projecting Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate, the matter has not gone down well with JD(U) leader and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. The power struggles between Modi and Nitish Kumar has most certainly widened the rift within the NDA.

Nitish Kumar has also threatened to quit the NDA if Modi is chosen as the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. The BJP, is however trying hard to downplay the issue, but JD(U) MP Sabir Ali made it very clear recently that his party will not support Modi as PM. He has been quoted as saying, "He is from the BJP, we have no right to support Narendra Modi but we are saying if he will be promoted we will back out. We are not targeting anybody. That's not our agenda. Our agenda as a coalition partner is to look that the NDA should improve and make a large picture."

Considering the support base that Modi enjoys, BJP leader Yatin Oza echoed the same sentiment and said, "he has full capacity to take everybody together". He added, "Modi is one of the best secular leaders. Wait for six months and let the Gujarat elections come... it will silence each and every critic of his."

Exerting pressure on the NDA, Nitish Kumar had stated that that the NDA should announce its Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls. He added that the candidate should also have secular credentials and a liberal frame of mind.

The lack of camraderie between Modi and Nitish Kumar had further worsened when Modi took digs at politicians from Bihar and UP and alleging that they were carrying out caste-based politics.

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