‘Nitish Kumar is Prime Minister material’: JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha

Kushwaha’s comment arrived in the backdrop of opposition parties contemplating to form a united against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On Sunday, the leader of Janata Dal (United) Upendra Kushwaha said Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is cut out to become the Prime Minister as he holds the potential and qualities needed for the post.

“We are in NDA and we have Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is doing good work but there are others who have potential to become the Prime Minister. One of them is Nitish Kumar. He is Prime Minister material,” Kushwaha said.

Kushwaha was talking to reporters following his return from New Delhi after holding the JD(U)’s national executive meeting. Kushwaha, JD(U)’s national parliamentary board chairman, commented after Lalan Singh alias Rajiv Ranjan Singh was chosen as the JD(U) national president.

Speculations buzzed that Kushwaha himself was a contender for the top post of the party. He displayed confidence in Lalan Singh and said he will continue to work as ‘Arjun’ of the party. When questioned if JD(U) is planning to project Kushwaha as the Prime Ministerial candidate, Kushwaha said that no talks were held concerning such propositions.

Kushwaha’s comments arrive at the backdrop of opposition parties contemplating forming a united front to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Though JD(U) is an ally of the BJP in Bihar, it said it will have talks with BJP ahead of the UP elections and also said that if the seat-sharing plans do not succeed, then it will fight the elections alone. JD(U) did not contest in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections.

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