Reflecting continued discomfort within the RJD over declaring Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate of the alliance, party vice president Raghubansh Prasad Singh said yesterday there was no need to declare Kumar as a CM nominee.

"There are so many personalities in RJD who can become a good Chief Minister," Singh said. At a time when political scenario in Bihar is heating up,  Singh's comments can not be taken in isolation just because he is one of the close associates of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Singh, a former Union Minister, has been expressing discomfort over Kumar's candidature as a CM nominee for some time now.

The JD(U), in a strong retort to the senior RJD leader's statement against Kumar, alleged him of helping BJP. "By making such assertions, Singh and others seem to be on the BJP pay roll and making statements to benefit the saffron party," state minister Shyam Rajak said.

Though the RJD chief was in favour of joining hands with the JD(U) to defeat the BJP, but 'by making such statements these leaders are only creating roadblocks', Rajak, a close confidante of Nitish Kumar, said.

According to some reports, Congress and the NCP are backing JD-U leader Nitish Kumar as the chief ministerial candidate in the coming Bihar elections.

The Congress threw its weight behind Nitish Kumar after its vice president Rahul Gandhi preferred the JD-U leader over Lalu Prasad.

Congress support to Nitish Kumar will provide him the bargaining power when the Bihar Chief Minister talks to
the RJD.

The JD-U won 115 seats in the last assembly polls when it was allied with the BJP. The BJP won 91 seats. The RJD got 22 seats and the Congress only four.

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