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NDA issues over PM candidate are internal matters: Cong

Last Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 19:58

New Delhi: Congress on Friday steered clear of problems within the NDA over the issue of PM candidate at a time when JD-U appears to be becoming more aggressive in its antipathy to Narendra Modi.

"JD-U is part of the BJP-led NDA. We do not comment or interfere in the internal matters of other parties. It is for them to resolve....We do not look into that," party spokesman Rashid Alvi told reporters here.

His remarks came to questions over reports that the JD-U at its National Executive meeting beginning here tomorrow is likely to make a strong pitch for the early projection of the next Prime Ministerial candidate of the alliance and emphasise its committment to secularism ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Though JD-U leaders have remained tighlipped about the political resolution to be adopted, there are clear indications that the party will vehemently oppose projection of the Gujarat Chief Minister within NDA for the top job.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U leader, Nitish Kumar, who runs a coalition government with BJP, has been a known critic of Modi. A sizeable section in JD-U believes that parting of ways with BJP will be unavoidable if Modi is projected a prime ministerial candidate in the Lok Sabha polls.

Alvi dismissed as "hypothetical" a question whether Kumar and his party are welcome to the UPA fold. He said right now they are part of the NDA.

A senior Congress leader, who declined to be identified, saw no parting of ways by the JD-U from the BJP on the issue.

Congress leaders believe that JD-U`s anti-Modi stance could be to secure the 16 per cent share in minority votes, besides ensuring this chunk of votes does not sway in favour of Lalu Prasad`s Rashtriya Janata Dal or the Congress party.


First Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 19:57
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