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Ally uneasy at ‘PM’ buzz

New Delhi, Feb. 8: Sharad Yadav today blamed “some corporate houses” for stoking the debate on the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate and warned them not to “play with fire”, baring the Janata Dal (United)’s discomfort over Narendra Modi’s purported projection for the top post.

“Some corporate houses are trying to fuel a debate on the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate. They should not play with fire. I urge them not to play politics and stop the search for Prime Minister,” the JD(U) chief said. He did not name Modi or the corporate houses.

The remarks have come a day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat hinted he could endorse Modi. Earlier this week, the Gujarat leader’s speech at Delhi’s Sri Ram College of Commerce was seen as a pitch for his prime ministerial ambitions.

Today, Yadav, also the NDA convener, asserted the NDA was the “competent forum” to take a decision. “The NDA has not discussed the issue. It will be decided after talks with the BJP.”

Yadav’s party colleague and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has already signalled the end of ties with the BJP if Modi is projected.

Cong cautious

The Congress has decided not to lock horns with Modi at this stage and ignore him till he is formally declared the candidate of the BJP or the NDA.