"We never discuss persons. But the one whom you are referring to will not be an issue in Bihar. In Bihar, the issues during the elections will be development... You will be relieved when the results are out," he said.

Kumar, whose party walked out of the NDA in June, evaded a direct question on whether his party will support a Congress-led government from outside in 2014 saying it was "hypothetical".

Without naming Modi or Gujarat, he also said coastal areas always have the possibility for development and hence it needs to be seen who progressed from where and that Bihar is land-locked unlike those states, which have huge coastal areas that attract industries.

Making a strong pitch for special status to Bihar, he said that this will "determine the future course of politics".

Asked whether he would support a BJP government led by Modi in 2014 if it promised special status to Bihar, Kumar quipped, "The demand is from the present government at Centre. Right now it is the UPA, which is in a position to grant special status."

"Our appeal is to the government of the day. If it does not happen, we will urge people from Bihar to give us enough power to achieve this on our own," he said.

(Agencies)

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