Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said JD(U) will take a call on whether to go it alone or be part of any front opposed to Congress and BJP for the 2014 general elections after October.
“Any decision on whether to go it alone or reach electoral understanding with federal front or third front for the 2014 elections will be taken only after October,” Mr. Kumar told reporters here when asked about chances of JD(U) joining third front in the elections.
“Till October, JD(U) is busy conducting its meetings at districts and Lok Sabha constituencies. We will discuss these electoral issues for the coming parliamentary polls after that (October),” he said.
When asked about his reaction to BJP’s decision to name Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, Mr. Kumar ducked the question. He also refused to answer on Modi addressing a rally at Jaipur, which is expected to be attended by minority Muslims from Ajmer and other places, saying “next question please.”
Similarly, in reply to a question on Rahul Gandhi as Congress’ prime ministerial candidate for general elections next year, Kumar told reporters it is the party’s privilege to make a decision on any individual considering its interests.
“Where is the need for opinion of a third person in such cases,” he said at the press meet after ‘Janata Ke Darbar me Mukhya Mantri’ programme.
On a question that there was a rumour that JD(U) was inclined towards Third Front for which Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party has begun efforts, he said “many ideas keep coming but a decision on polls will be taken at an appropriate time.”