Patna, Sept. 20: Senior BJP leader and national spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad today said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was known for his anti-Congress stand and he would never go with the party.
The statement came a day after Nitish linked the special category status demand for Bihar with the 2014 parliamentary election, saying that the JD(U) would support any government at the Centre that conceded his six-year-old demand.
When asked about Nitish’s statement, Prasad said: “Though the demand for special status category is the JD(U)’s pet project, the BJP is with it (JD-U) though we are not part of their agitation.”
Nitish’s statement has come at a time when the UPA government is facing a crisis after Trinamul Congress withdrew its support from the UPA and at the same time, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav is working hard for the formation of the Third Front.
On the issue of formation of Third Front, Prasad said: “There is no scope of Third Front government at the Centre as people’s experiences with the earlier Third Front government is not good.” However, Prasad said he did not want to comment on the credentials of Mulayam Singh Yadav for leading the Third Front or becoming the Prime Minister.
Former state BJP president and Motihari MP Radhamohan Singh said: “To divert people’s attention from the coal scam and the government’s failure to check inflation, the UPA government is projecting FDI in retail markets.”