New Delhi: Dismissing charges of being an opportunist and of betraying the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the JD-U quit NDA as the saffron party did not keep its word about putting on hold contentious issues and not projecting leaders who cannot expand the coalition.

"We did not betray the BJP. Charges that I am an opportunist are baseless. We joined NDA only after assurance that contentious issues like Ram temple, non-imposition of Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code will be put on hold," Kumar said.

Kumar maintained that JD-U had made it clear to BJP that it should not project leaders "who cannot expand the alliance". "In Bihar we had asked BJP to keep external factors out," he added.

Without naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Kumar said the "atmospherics" created around elevation raises several questions. "We had conveyed our apprehensions to the BJP. We had told BJP not to name a leader without consulting allies. The new BJP model cannot carry everyone along. BJP has deviated and taken a different position," Kumar said.

Debunking the Gujarat model, the Bihar Chief Minister said one model cannot work for entire India. "There are different growth models for different states. We developed Bihar which was underdeveloped. Growth should not be of corporate but of underprivileged," Kumar said.

(Agencies)

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