New Delhi: Talking about the reason behind JD-U’s reservations to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s name for prime ministership, party spokesperson KC Tyagi said on Saturday that his party has no objection over the name of BJP patriarch LK Advani for the post.

On being asked about Modi as PM candidate, Tyagi said, “He was not able to tackle Gujarat riots in 2002. We are not opposed to LK Advani for PM candidate. Nitish Kumar has, on more than one occasion, expressed grave reservations over Modi's candidature for prime ministership.”

He added that his party would give the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) time to declare the prime ministerial candidate. "We will wait for the BJP to declare PM candidate and we will comment then," he said.

Tyagi also added that his party would not form government with Congress in future. "There is no question of forming government with Congress in any situation," the party spokesperson said.

The JD-U is the largest constituent of the NDA after the BJP, with 20 members in the Lok Sabha. The party leads the government in Bihar, with the BJP as its junior partner.

Nitish not in race for PM post

Tyagi also said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is not in the prime ministerial race. "We have made our stand clear on PM issue. Nitish Kumar is not in the race for Prime Minister," JD-U spokesperson KC Tyagi said.

The JD-U began a two-day meet amid signals that the party may not immediately press the BJP to declare a prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, while maintaining its reservations over Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


Latest News from India News Desk