Patna: The BJP on Sunday praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for going ahead with attending Bihar centenary celebrations function at Mumbai.

"Kumar's decision to attend Bihar Divas celebrations at Mumbai was aimed to promote the national unity and integrity along with the interests of Bihar," BJP national spokesman Syed Shahanawaz Hussain told reporters here.

It was due to Chief Minister's explanation of his good intention behind attending Bihar centenary celebrations that those who were initially opposed to his visit backed down, he said without taking the name of MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

The celebrations being a showpiece event of JD(U) and Chief Minister with no leaders of the ally BJP or other parties being invited to the function, Hussain said that Kumar was the Chief Minister and represented the entire state and its over 10 crore people.

Hussain denied that BJP leaders have been kept out of Bihar centenary celebrations and said that a number of BJP leaders had attended such functions in Bangalore, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the country.

Hussain described Kumar as a large-hearted person vis-a-vis his telephonic conversation with Raj Thackeray and said that he never refuses to speak to anybody who wants to speak to him.

Asked who would be BJP's prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections with RSS hinting at the candidature of the Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, Hussain evaded a direct reply saying it was for the party leadership to decide on it at an appropriate time.

On the clean chit given to Modi by Supreme Court-appointed SIT in Gulbarga massacre in Gujarat in 2002, which cleared the decks for being considered by the party as its Prime Ministerial candidate in next general elections, Hussain said he continues to be the Gujarat chief minister and the assembly polls in that state were slated for later this year.

On senior party leader L K Advani's status in the party, he said the BJP stalwart was the most respected leader and would remain so as all leaders of the party hold him in the highest esteem and have greatest regard for him.