I’m not Oppn’s PM face for 2019: Nitish Kumar

RSTV Bureau

Janata Dal (U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister on Monday ruled out speculations about being Opposition’s candidate for the prime minister’s post for general elections in 2019.

“I am not the face of the opposition. I do not have the capability of being the opposition face for 2019. I do not want that role, nor do I have the capability,” says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar with senior party leaders Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi during the party's Karyakarta Sammelan in New Delhi on Saturday.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) National President Nitish Kumar with senior party leaders Sharad Yadav and KC Tyagi during the party’s Karyakarta Sammelan in New Delhi on Saturday.

The statement was made at press conference held in Patna on Monday amid rumours of a rift in the Bihar Mahagathbandhan.

The JDU leader said it is the Congress party’s job to set the opposition agenda.

“The opposition must have an agenda and it currently does not have one,” said the JD U) leader who took an independent stand on Presidential elections and supported NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna on Friday.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with RJD Chief Lalu Prasad at a Roza-Iftaar party hosted by the latter in Patna on Friday.

Nitish, who broke silence on his relationship with Congress lead opposition for the first time after he extended support to Kovind, said that the opposition’s narrative is ‘reactive’ is not setting an agenda.

“The Opposition must have an agenda and the Congress is a big party. It is its job to set the agenda, an alternative narrative, a narrative that isn’t reactive,” the Bihar CM said.

Nitish’s fissures with ‘grand alliance’ became clear when he allowed JD (U) to attend Friday’s GST launch.

“The Presidential election has been politicised to such an extent that huge issues facing the country, like people being lynched in the name of cow protection and the worsening situation of farmers, are being overlooked,” Nitish said.