`Nitish Kumar doesn`t have courage to telephone and congratulate Narendra Modi`

BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi took a dig at JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday for not personally congratulating Narendra Modi on becoming the Prime Minister of India.

By Manisha Singh | Updated: May 21, 2014, 23:34 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: BJP leader and former deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi took a dig at JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Wednesday for not personally congratulating Narendra Modi on becoming the Prime Minister of India.

He posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - Still Nitish Kumar doesn`t have courage to telephone Narendra Modi and congratulate him. At least he has used FB to wish him. So jealous?”

Nitish said in a Facebook post, "I congratulate and greet Narendra Modi for his victory and becoming the PM-designate."

Kumar`s wishes followed Modi congratulating Jitan Ram Manjhi on becoming Bihar`s new CM.

Modi, who was BJP`s prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls, led his party to a historic and emphatic victory winning 282 seats on its own and 335 seats along with its allies.

In Bihar, which has 40 Parliamentary seats, the ruling JD(U) was decimated. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar`s party managed to win only 2 seats whereas the BJP and its allies won 31 seats. One of the factors was said to be the so-called `Modi-wave` sweeping the state. The other reason is said to be the anger of mainly the upper caste with the JD(U) for ending a 17-year-old alliance with the BJP over the ascendency of Modi in his party.

JD(U) and BJP as alliance partners had won the 2005 and 2010 Assembly elections in Bihar.

Taking moral responsibility for his party`s rout, Nitish resigned as Bihar CM on May 17, a day after the results of General Elections was announced saying, “I respect the mandate of the people and as I was leading my party`s campaign in Bihar, I take responsibility for the results.”
It has been often alleged by the BJP leaders that Nitish`s personal ambition of wanting to become the PM of India, led to JD(U)`s split with the saffron party. However, Nitish has maintained that it was a matter of ideology and that he could not do business with someone (Modi) who was perceived as a polarising figure.