Khurshid supports Nitish`s view on secular PM

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said those occupying higher posts "should have the courage to take everyone along".

Bhopal: In the wake of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar`s suggestion that the country`s Prime Minister should have secular credentials, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said those occupying higher posts "should have the courage to take everyone along".

"I don`t want to comment on the internal matters of any political party, but persons occupying higher posts in the country should have the courage to take along everyone with vigour and conviction," Khurshid told reporters after attending the All India State Wakf Board conference here.

In an interview, Kumar had said that NDA`s Prime Ministerial candidate should be somebody with "secular credentials", apparently giving a thumbs down to his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi.

When asked to comment on development in Gujarat, Khurshid said that justice was not rendered to a large number of people in the state and that even BJP members had complaints against him (Narendra Modi).

On Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee`s demand that he should not attend the Wakf conference in view of senior Congress leader and state Wakf Board Chairman Gufran-e-Azam`s criticism of the Congress leadership, he said that he was not aware of Azam`s comments.

"I just know that Azam is a Congressman to the core," he said.

Azam had criticised the Congress leadership in Madhya Pradesh and termed it as "deaf and dumb" following which MPCC demanded the AICC to expel him from the party.

The Congress leaders claimed that they urged Khurshid not to attend the conference in view of Azam`s anti-party activities and his hobnobbing with state BJP leadership.

Surprisingly, none of the Congress party leaders went to the airport or the conference venue to welcome Khurshid.

However, Madhya Pradesh Minorities Welfare Minister Ajay Vishnoi and Azam welcomed him at the airport and Khurshid later went to Vishnoi`s residence.

State BJP president Prabhat Jha and other party leaders were also present at Vishnoi`s residence.

PTI

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