Nobody can beat Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says Nitish

Nobody can beat Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says Nitish

Nobody can beat Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says Nitish
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday tore into RJD boss Lalu Prasad, insisting that continuing in the Grand Alliance would have amounted to “compromising with corruption”.

Having embraced the BJP after a four-year hiatus, Nitish claimed there would be “no challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections.

He also said the proposal for a reunion had come from the “highest level” in the BJP, which he accepted as “the going got impossible” in the Grand Alliance.

“There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead, they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or a police,” he told a press conference.

“Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent after having talked about zero tolerance to corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,” Nitish said.

Nitish, till recently seen as a potential challenger to Modi, said, “Nobody else (other than Modi) can occupy the prime minister’s post. Now, nobody has the strength to beat Modi.”

When asked about the possibility of JD(U) becoming part of the NDA at the national level with ministers in the Modi government, Nitish said the JD(U) national executive will meet in Patna on August 19 and all such issues will be decided there.

He also hit back at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for criticising him for forging an alliance with “communal” BJP.

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