"One thing is certain. Neither 2002 Gujarat riots can be forgotten nor people behind it be forgiven," Nitish told reporters after his weekly ‘janata darbar’ here.

Without naming Modi or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said some vested interests are trying to ensure that killing of innocent people in the Gujarat communal riots should be forgotten and those behind it be forgiven.

“But the country is not ready for this because people are sensitive and are concerned about one another,” he said.

The Bihar Chief Minister said the country’s leadership should be handed over to a man who has faith of all sections of people and vision for the entire country.

He also ruled out the Janata Dal-United’s alliance with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.

“There is no question of an alliance of JD-U with the Congress in Bihar for the Lok Sabha polls," Nitish said

He said media speculations over possibility of the JD-U alliance with the Congress are baseless. "It is a non-existent thing," he said.

When asked about a tie-up with Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), he said, "LJP will have to decide with whom it will go in the next general elections."

(Agencies)

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