New Delhi: Amid ongoing speculations about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s prospects to become NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate, JD (U), a key ally of the main opposition alliance, has once again shown its reluctance for Modi’s leadership.

It is also to be noted that nevertheless of being an ally of BJP led NDA, JD(U) had fielded separate candidates opposing BJP during recently concluded state assembly election.  

No representative of the JD(U) attended Wednesday’s swearing-in ceremony of Modi. If media reports are to be believed, Nitish Kumar was not invited for the event, however, all other Chief Ministers of NDA ruled states besides Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (her party AIADMK is not a part of NDA), firebrand leader of MNS Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray marked their presence at the function. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also attended the event.

Nitish vs. Modi

It was 2010 Bihar Assembly polls when for the first time Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had objected a poll campaign-poster used by BJP workers showing him holding hands of his Gujarat counterpart Nitish Kumar. It had also surfaced in media reports those days that Nitish Kumar was against Modi visiting Bihar to campaign for NDA. On numerous occasions, the opposition of Bihar Chief Minister for Narendra Modi has surfaced through media reports.

According to another media report published in August this year, Bihar Chief Minister had sought a guarantee from BJP leadership that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will not be projected as NDA’s PM candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Even earlier, Nitish Kumar had stressed on the need for projecting a secular face as PM candidate of NDA.


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