Nitish Kumar's secular credentials surprise me: Akhilesh

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New Delhi, April 22: UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expressed surprise at the secular credentials of his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, who has refused to accept Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of the NDA and wants a 'secular' candidate for the top post. His JD(U) has locked horns with the BJP over the issue and there is every possibility of the two allies parting ways.

Taking a dig at Kumar for trying to portray himself as a secular leader, Yadav reportedly told a business daily that it was difficult for him to understand how one could claim himself to be secular by allying with the BJP. He wondered how much secular could Kumar prove himself to be.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) chief minister, while speaking about Modi's candidature for the PM's post, said the latter was just in media and Gujarat and nowhere else. He underlined that Modi had campaigned in UP in the past but could not gain anything.

On Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Yadav said the former is a leader of the future but nobody knew when that future will eventually arrive.

The UP chief minister also took a dig at senior BJP leader L K Advani, saying he the latter was busy indulging in emotional politics. He said his father and the party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav recently backed Advani's account of the poor law and order situation in UP since he used emotions while playing politics.

The leader said he was confident about the SP's good performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and said that no government would be formed without it.

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