"As far as next Prime Ministerial candidate is concerned, it is too early to comment anything on this. Still we have three-and-a-half-years to go," party's senior spokesman Ajay Maken told reporters.

He was asked about the party's reaction to the statement of Abdullah yesterday on the occasion of the swearing in ceremony of Kumar that he should prepare to be the next Prime Minister of India.

Asked whether the UPA still exists, Maken said as far as Bihar is concerned, it was 'Mahagathbandhan'. "In Parliament we have got UPA alliance partners who are together, who fought elections together," he added.

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