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Updated: April 15, 2013 09:41 IST

Name secular nominee by year-end, JD(U) tells BJP

B. Muralidhar Reddy
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Sharad Yadav, who was re-elected as the president of Janata Dal United) for the third consecutive time, with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the party's National Executive meeting in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: S. Subramanium
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Sharad Yadav, who was re-elected as the president of Janata Dal United) for the third consecutive time, with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the party's National Executive meeting in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: S. Subramanium

‘If candidate is not like Vajpayee, it will have negative consequences for NDA’

Leaving no scope for the BJP to duck the issue, the Janata Dal (United), one of its key allies, demanded on Sunday that the party announce its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general election by year-end, adding a caveat that the nominee’s “secular credibility” should be “beyond doubt.”

The resolution was adopted at the JD(U) plenary here, a day after the party made clear that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would not be an acceptable candidate because of his failure to prevent the 2002 riots.

The resolution warned that if the candidate was not like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it would have negative consequences for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar made stinging comments against Mr. Modi, though he did not name him. He invoked Mr. Vajpayee’s famous phrase, ‘the need to observe raj dharma,’ when he was asked about the Modi government’s handling of the riots.

Stung by the jibes at Mr. Modi, the BJP put out a brief statement, hours after the conclave, rejecting “all unfounded inferences against Shri Narendra Modi” and said it expected the Opposition parties and allies to focus on defeating “the non-performing and corrupt UPA.”

In his 40-minute address, Mr. Kumar punctured the claims Mr. Modi made in recent months on Gujarat’s growth story and on how the model, if replicated, could transform the country. Amid peals of laughter, he said many people accepted it as development even when a developed State grew, and stressed that there was need to see from where a particular State started growing.

“Only one who can carry with him all the diverse sections of people can become the leader of the nation. This was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s personality. Now, if there is an attempt to change the path, there is bound to be problems. The country does not run by mere projection. Some persons think they will create a wave, and people will accept it,” he said.

The resolution said: “The JD (U) is of the clear view that the name of the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate should be declared before elections ... It has clear views on what kind of prime ministerial candidate should be there. He should be committed to the NDA’s national agenda of governance, and to the earlier decided position on the three issues [the Ram Temple at Ayodhya, abrogation of Article 370 and a uniform civil code].

“His image should be such that his secular credibility in a multi-religious and multilingual country like India should be beyond doubt. He should be in favour of inclusive politics and committed and sensitive to the development of backward States and regions.”

Since the BJP was the largest party in the NDA, it was its “duty” to “keep in mind” these things before announcing its candidate, it said.

BJP should not allow the tail to wag in the name of so called secularism. Otherwise it will be
blackmailed by other smaller parties just as Congress is blackmailed by all the scamsters
and corrupt parties in the name of secularism and it is not able to come out of ots own web.

from:  MvjRao
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 13:03 IST

Greedy politicians ,come on,... pls try to concentrate on what you can do for India in the next term. Prepare some good action plan for this energy need.

from:  Haresh
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 12:27 IST

Politicians talk about "secularism" whenever it suits them. Those who preached secularism did not practice it and never had explained to Aam Admi what they meant by the word. It was merely an electioneering slogan to confuse people. Let the candidates seek election on the basis of their strength, beliefs and vision about the country and let people decide who should be their next priministerial choice. Only in the west presidential candidates are projected before the elections. In parliamentary democracy, parliametarians decide who should be the prime minister and not one member of coalition party. Fight against corruption and inefficiency in government must be the priority of all parties. JD(U)ought to understand that asking for someone like Vajpayee will take another hundred years. They may have the numbers but their demand is unrealistic and undemocratic.

from:  vijayaraghavan
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 08:19 IST

It seems finally Mr Nitish seems to be stung by "Madhulimaye
Syndrome"for which Lohiate,s are famous for.Generaly they gets swallowed
by the trap set by congress .See the fate of ex socialites like Mr
Limaye,Lalu,Paswan etc.Only Mr Mulayam have survived this syndrome that
too is because he was shrewd enough to see that there was no pre poll
alliance with Congress.Now we have see how Mr Nitish Kumar deals with

from:  Ramakrishnan P
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 07:24 IST

Secularism is now undefinable given the twists and turns our politicians have given to its meaning. Let us not indulge in this debate and loose sight of critical and vital issues facing the country.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 01:38 IST

"Abrogation of Article 370 and a uniform civil code" are a necessity - any party opposing these laws are infact the most communal ones in the country. What is wrong in fighting for equal rights for all citizens, irrespective of religion.

from:  Arun Subbu
Posted on: Apr 15, 2013 at 01:11 IST

nitish ji please tell who is called secular ,are the person who just
focus on make a corruption full society in the name of secularism ,or
person who just focused on development of the as we live in
contemporary world , where no place of these type of thing so please for
people of India don't play such miserable politics..

from:  sanjeev singh
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 20:24 IST

People of this country are intelligent to understand that Nitish is
busy pleasing the minorities. There is no point in repeating the
leery loquacious communal phrases against Modi. He has to accept the
Gujarat growth. Nitish also knows that playing mawkish communal card
is the only solution to retain the 17% Minority votes in Bihar. He
does the same Congress game. Will Nitish have the same feel for the
mere 3% Sikhs compared to the 20% Muslim population? Does he know how
many Sikhs were killed in 1984 congress sponsored genocide? Where
else Nitish can go if his point on Modi is negated? He wants the
Indian Muslims hear his feel for them. Ergo he chose Delhi to make his
anti –Modi cry!

from:  chandru mani iyer
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 20:10 IST

Dear Sir, Why BJP is much bothered about PM Candidate so early, when
they are not sure of getting required number of seats. Let them try
first consolidate they party lines among the people.

from:  krishna moorthy pallerla
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 19:29 IST

I appeal to The Hindu to START A DEBATE on what key items there should
be in a political party's election agenda, eg good governance (adherence
to law, transparency, accountability), restoration of democracy
(independence of CBI, CVC; stronger mandate for EC, CAG, etc), stopping
national loot (Jan Lokpal Bill), Police Reform, Judicial Reform,
provision of basic water supply, food, housing and lavatories for
everyone - before going to the moon, etc) that people focus on
democracy and development to improve India, not waste the opportunity by
arguing about party-politically-inspired phoney/less-important (by
comparison) issues.

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 19:17 IST

it looks ridiculous to annouance the Future PM of Non congrss even before the election as demanded by JDU.This is not possible, since there should be Parliament Board meeting of BJP ,where they have to decide about their future leader.First of all, congress govt tenure has to be MR.Nitish has to wait for sometime.

from:  vaidya
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 18:40 IST

Nitish has made amply clear about Modi, the most hated man in the world, that he is a not acceptable as PM.. It is time BJP severed links with Nitish as he is dictating terms to the BJP. Moroever, when BJP itself is not in favour of Modi, what is this some people talking about!! Two previous elections have shown that BJP is not favoured and these people are talking that people in India like him... Gujarat is not India.. It has about 30 states, mostly ruled by Congress and allies...

from:  sinan
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 17:46 IST

Indirectly I think he is going to help Congress comeback to power.

from:  Ragav
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 17:33 IST

Modi, Nitish, Mulayam, Mamata, Mayavati, Jayalalitha, Mulayam, Pawar ....these people are
ambitious and all of them want to be Prime Minister of India. There are many, many more in
waiting. A nation with these many leaders and coalition as the only possibility for forming a
government at the Centre, the prospects of smooth running the government is bleak. This
concept of consensual governance may be theoretically great but given the level of
corruption with unadulterated ambition for power, this is a recipe for disaster. There will be
very little economic progress, inclusive or otherwise. So this rhetoric of inclusive growth is a
mirage or for that matter any growth.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 17:09 IST

Who will be the better candidate for the post of Prime Minister is
B.J.p. to decide as the J.D.(U)should refrain from commenting any
comments on Narendera Modi . Narendera Modi is a senior Leader in
B.J.P.and has created an hat trick in the Assembly Elections and has
focused on Development Model in Gujarat . The Electorate is much aware
and knows better who can deliver the best , J.D.(U) is an alliance
Partner of N.D.A. and is running a collition in Bihar . The comments
of the Chief Minister of Bihar Mr Nitish Kumar has really put the
B.J.P. cadre in dilemma over the issue of cap .

Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 16:21 IST

I think the phrase "model of development" is being thrown around too loosely. How
many models of developments are there? Bihar? Gujarat? Kerala? How is each one
different from each other? Are they really that different from each other?

from:  Priyam Trivedi
Posted on: Apr 14, 2013 at 15:47 IST
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