"I am more qualified than those roaming around for the post of prime ministership," Kumar said during his 'sankalp yatra' being held here to demand special category status for Bihar. (Agencies)
Without naming either BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi or Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said, “While one does not have the experience of Parliament another has no experience of running a state...I have both experiences ...Am I less qualified than them?"
When asked categorically if he was a prime ministerial candidate, Kumar said his party was small and modest and did not make tall claims but believed in working sincerely for the people.
When asked that senior leaders like Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, who are part of the Third Front, have hinted of being in the race for the PM's post, Nitish said, “What is wrong in this? Every party has its strategy to maximize support among the people.”
The senior Janata Dal (United) leader also claimed that all 'sponsored' poll surveys would be proved wrong ultimately and neither the BJP nor Congress would come to power.
"In fact, the new grouping which you call Third Front will be the First Front," he said.
"The non-Congress and non-BJP parties will have the largest numbers after the polls," he said, referring to the Federal Front of 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties for which he has been a prime mover.
Nitish categorically ruled out siding either with Congress or BJP after the polls.
Taking a jibe at his Gujarat counterpart, he said, “2002 riots had led to the demise of NDA in 2004 general elections.”
When asked if there was any effort at tie up between JD (U) and Congress till it allied with RJD, the Bihar Chief Minister answered in the negative.
"Actually it was tactics of Congress to create pressure on Lalu Prasad and they successfully won one additional seat from RJD while stitching up an alliance," he said.
On LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan joining hands with NDA, he reiterated that there could be no other leader who could take such a sharp turn.
On his rival Lalu Prasad Yadav accusing him of breaking up his RJD, he said, "Actually it is breaking up itself and there is no need to break it."
"It is the habit of Prasad of cursing me for everything that goes wrong either for him personally or his party. These are important pages of his invisible autobiography,” he added.
"I am more qualified than those roaming around for the post of prime ministership," Kumar said during his 'sankalp yatra' being held here to demand special category status for Bihar.