Patna, May 2: As reports of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar aspiring to be the prime minister in 2019 are doing rounds, Kumar on Monday, May 2 cleared the air by saying that he has no such ambitions.
While talking to a news agency, Nitish said, "I have no PM ambitions, just want a united alliance, which I feel is the need of the hour."
On April 21, Deputy Chief minister of Bihar, Tejaswi Yadav and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav backed Kumar as prime ministerial candidate and said that "Kumar would be the best candidate for PM post as he is one of the honest politicians with a clear image personality."
According to recent media reports, Tejaswi also refuted BJP's baseless allegations that Lalu Prasad was supporting Nitish to pave the way for (Tejaswi) to become the Chief Minister of Bihar. [Paswan mocks possibility of Nitish becoming PM]
However, on April 22, Congress, one of the constituent of Bihar's grand alliance struck a discordant note terming the exercise as 'premature' one. [Congress strikes discordant note as RJD backs Nitish as PM nominee]
LJP Chief Ram Vilas Paswan mocked at the chances of Nitish Kumar becoming the Prime Minister in 2019, stating "there was no vacancy for the post in the next 15 years."
JD(U) leaders have been egging on Kumar to take forward his prime ministerial ambition by describing him as 'PM material' ever since he has taken over the post of the party's national president from Sharad Yadav recently.