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    I am not a PM face for 2019 elections, says Nitish Kumar

    By Deepika
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    Patna, July 3: Ruling out any desire to be the opposition's face for Prime Minister in 2019, Janata Dal (U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday said it was the Congress party's job to set a coherent opposition agenda that is "non-reactive".

    To say that differences between Nitish and the Congress leadership have been apparent lately is an understatement, but on Monday Nitish for the first time spelled out exactly what his problem with the main opposition party is.

     Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

    "Just talking of unity among opposition parties is not enough," the Chief Minister said, "there must be a narrative - not just in reaction to what the BJP offers, but an alternative narrative."

    At a meeting of leaders, Nitish said that the Congress alone was 'responsible for the current mess' in the opposition.

    "The Congress is a big party and it has its own thought process and we have to work accordingly, if it wishes to challenge him effectively in the general election in 2019," Nitish said.

    Talking about supporting the GST, he said, "We have always supported GST as it will provide transperancy to the system. It is a reform and it has to eveolve with the time, minor issues will have to be sorted out. There is no point in asking me why I did not attend it, there was no invitation then, where is the question of attending or skipping? he added.

    On Sushil Modi, he said that, 'he has a habit of giving statements daily', I don't read and neither do I have interest.

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