The Janata Dal (United) would submit its stand on the prime ministerial candidate to the National Democratic Alliance, of which it is a part, after the party’s national executive meet, scheduled to be held in Delhi on April 13 and 14, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters here on Monday.
“No one should harbour any illusion about our view on the prime ministerial candidate. After the national executive meeting we will give our opinion to the NDA and intimate the media. The meeting will discuss the current political situation,” Mr. Kumar said on the sidelines of the janata durbar.
He pointed out that the BJP had not yet declared a candidate and it was their internal matter.
Mr. Kumar has voiced his preference for a “secular” candidate, which is seen as a rejection of his political rival Narendra Modi.
To a question on senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, Mr. Kumar said, “Mr. Advani is a respected leader of the party. I respect Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mr. Advani.”
The Chief Minister said the next Prime Minister would be from the party or alliance which bags 272 seats in the Lok Sabha.
“You need at least 272 members for a majority. How can the leader of a party that wins 50 seats become PM?” he remarked.
The JD(U) was prepared to face elections anytime, he said, adding that the Congress held the decision on whether to call an early election or complete the term.
Mr. Kumar expressed dissatisfaction with reports of Rs. 12,000 crore special package being earmarked for Bihar in the 12th Five Year Plan. Bihar should get Rs. 20,000 crore, he said.