New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday said it supported the Janata Dal-United government in Bihar to ‘keep communal BJP at bay’.

"We supported the JD-U government without any condition. We wanted to keep the communal forces at bay. The BJP wanted to defeat the government," Congress spokesperson PC Chacko said.

Chacko also endorsed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's view that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a secular person. "We endorse the Prime Minister's view that Nitish is a secular person," he said.

He added that the decision to support Nitish government was "unilateral". "We do not expect anything in return," Chacko said.

"The RJD is with Congress. We have an alliance with it," Chacko said.

(Agencies)

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