"Any decision on whether to go it alone or reach electoral understanding with federal front or third front for the 2014 elections will be taken only after October," Kumar told reporters when asked about chances of JD(U) joining third front in the elections. (Agencies)
"Till October, JD(U) is busy conducting its meetings at district and Lok Sabha constituency level. We will discuss these electoral issues for the coming parliamentary polls after that (October)," Kumar said.
When asked that BJP is expected to name Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate soon, Kumar ducked the question.
He also skipped a question on Modi addressing a rally at Jaipur expected to be attended by minority Muslims from Ajmer and other places, saying "next question please."
Similarly, in reply to a question on Rahul Gandhi as Congress' Prime Ministerial candidate for general elections next year, Kumar told reporters it is the party's privilege to make a decision on any individual considering its interests.
"Where is the need for opinion of a third person in such cases," he said at the press meet after 'Janata Ke Darbar me Mukhya Mantri' programme.
On a question that there was a buzz that JD(U) was inclined towards Third Front for which Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav has begun efforts, Kumar said "many ideas keep coming but a decision on polls will be taken at an appropriate time."
Nitish denied that he had prevented farmers from the state from going to Gujarat to participate in the global agricultural summit there out of rivalry with Modi.
"Is there any restriction on anybody to go anywhere within the country," he said.
On JD(U)'s estranged partner BJP's claims that the special category status for Bihar would not bring much economic benefit, Kumar said "whosoever is saying this is against the interest of the state."
"The demand for special category status for Bihar is not a political agenda of JD(U) but an urge of even every child of the state, hence, those talking against it are actually against the interest of the state," he said.
On former Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi demanding a white paper on special category status demand, he said "was there a black paper prior to BJP being sacked from the government."
Asked about future movement on this count, Kumar said the committee under former economic advisor to the government Raghuram Rajan has submitted its report on deciding fresh criteria for backwardness of a state.
"Now, it is the responsibility of the Centre to act on it," he said.
Kumar, who has addressed two Adhikar rallies in support of special category status demand at Patna and New Delhi, has made it clear that the issue would be an important agenda in the 2014 polls in the state.
He refused to give any date for expansion of his Cabinet after removal of 11 BJP ministers. "You will be told about it at the right time," he said.
On flood situation in Bihar, the Chief Minister said though the forecast of heavy rains in districts along Nepal has not come true, state government has made all arrangements to meet the challenges of flood situation.
"Any decision on whether to go it alone or reach electoral understanding with federal front or third front for the 2014 elections will be taken only after October," Kumar told reporters when asked about chances of JD(U) joining third front in the elections.