No second thought on Nitish Kumar as PM candidate in 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Lalu Yadav
Nitish Kumar had snapped ties with the BJP after Narendra Modi was appointed as the PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who last year forged an alliance with Janata Dal (United) to take on the Narendra Modi-powered BJP, on Tuesday advocated for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar being projected as the next prime minister.
When asked whether RJD would support the Bihar JD (U) leader as the prime ministerial candidate, Lalu said, “Yeah sure, there is no second thought on this.”
Ever since Lalu and Nitish, the arch rivals-turned-friends, steered the 'Mahagathbandhan' to a resounding victory in 2015 Bihar Assembly Elections, both have been very critical of PM Narendra Modi.
Earlier, there were reports in media that a ''Third Front'' comprising of regional parties is likely to be formed under the leadership of Nitish Kumar.
Nitish had snapped ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party after Modi was appointed as the PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The Bihar CM was recently elected as the JD (U) president.
Nitish's elevation might be a headache for the Congress, which would like Rahul Gandhi to be projected as the only Modi challenger in the 2019 parliamentary elections. However, going by the clean track record of the Bihar CM and his ability to connect with the voters, he can pose a big challenge for the Gandhi scion.