Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday echoed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and his father Lalu Prasad Yadav's sentiments that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should be projected as the next prime ministerial candidate for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Pitching in for the Janata Dal (United) president as the next PM candidate, Yadav said that Nitish Kumar is very experienced and honest.
His comments come a day after, Lalu, who last year forged an alliance with JD (U) to take on the Narendra Modi-powered BJP, advocated for the Bihar CM being projected as the next prime ministerial candidate.
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.”
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.