Patna: Amid speculation about a future tie up between Congress and JD-U after the latter severed relations with BJP, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday said his party was always for secularism and that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a "good human being."

"Whenever there is talk of secularism or a secular state, Congress is with it. It's the duty of secular forces to assist each other," Shinde said.

"Casteism and communal forces cannot run the country ... only secular institutions can run the nation," he said in a veiled attack on the BJP.

"When I was MP, he (Nitish) was Railway minister," Shinde said describing the Chief Minister as "a good human being and known to me from the past."

The two are going together by air to Supual bordering Nepal to lay the foundation stone of an SSB recruitment training centre and start work on a 552-km Indo-Nepal border road.


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