Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for the second time in as many days, saying he was desperate to become the prime minister.
Speaking at a Left’s non-Congress, non-BJP parties’ convention here, Nitish said without naming Modi that “people are desperate to unfurl the tricolour at the Red Fort".
“A lot of people are dreaming about waving their flag at the Red Fort. For now, they are making the stage their Red Fort,” the Bihar CM said, a day after he stated that Modi’s Red Fort dreams will remain as dreams and not translate into reality.
Giving a push to the Third Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls next year, Nitish called on the democratic forces to unite "as much as possible" to defeat fascist forces.
He also stressed on the importance of Bihari workers in the national capital, saying if immigrants from Bihar in Delhi decide to stop work for a day, the capital will come to a stop.
In the past, Bihari immigrants have come under attack from political groups in Mumbai as well as Delhi.
Meanwhile, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said the objective behind today`s convention was to save the country from communalism.
Reports had earlier suggested that Nitish could be projected as the PM candidate of the ‘Third Front’ at the convention.
Today’s convention is being viewed as an attempt to cobble up a Third Front before the Lok Sabha polls due in May 2014.
Nitish, as of now, has dismissed as premature any talk of Third Front. Interestingly, he has not denied any planned tie-up with the Congress.
The Bihar CM has said that the JD(U) will support any government at the Centre that accords special status to Bihar. And the Congress-led UPA is thinking on the same lines to cobble up another ally ahead of the General Election.
The JD(U) had walked out of its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP in June following the elevation of Narendra Modi, who has been named the national party`s PM candidate for 2014.
Others attending the convention include Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who himself is harbouring prime ministerial ambitions.
The SP chief had on Monday said that the next PM would come from the Third Front, as both the Congress and BJP do not have enough support base left to claim power on their own.
The AGP, AIADMK and JVP are also being represented at the convention. Among the surprise attendees include the Nationalist Congress Party, which is a constituent of the UPA government at the Centre.