Ground Report | New Delhi: Modi will be PM candidate; Bihar’s ruling party JDU general secretary KC Tyagi said on Monday that “Narendra Modi is the prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming general elections 2024 and he will remain the candidate for this post.” Last few days, a situation of confrontation has arisen in Bihar NDA after JDU leaders told Nitish Kumar as PM material.
However, this statement alone is not responsible for the current tension between BJP and JDU. Earlier, from demanding an inquiry into the Pegasus espionage case to Nitish Kumar coming out in the open on the caste census issue, the relations between BJP and JDU have increased.
With this, JDU has made it clear its inclination to contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. But after Nitish Kumar was told as the PM material, the ongoing tension between the two sides has come to the fore.
According to news agency PTI, Janata Dal-United General Secretary KC Tyagi has given this statement after the party’s National Council meeting. He said, “Nitish Kumar is not a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. JDU is the most trusted member of NDA and PM Modi is the leader of the National Democratic Alliance ie NDA. But he (Nitish Kumar) is definitely PM material.”
According to reports, JDU leader Lalan Singh had presented a proposal in this regard in the party’s National Council meeting held in Patna on Sunday, which has been accepted.
Modi will be PM candidate
However, Lalan Singh has also said that “There is a difference between having the qualifications required to become the Prime Minister and claiming to be Prime Minister. PM material means that he has the ability and ability to lead the country. But we are a small party, How can we claim that?”
But after this JD(U) leader Upendra Kushwaha has said that “we are not claiming for this post right now. We are with NDA and accept Narendra Modi’s leadership. But if people talk about future prospects. So there is nothing that can be called impossible.”
Kushwaha has given this statement in response to the statements given by BJP leaders in which it was being said that 272 seats are required at the center to become PM, from where will JDU bring those seats.
NDA Coordination Committee
Along with this, KC Tyagi has raised the demand for the formation of the NDA Coordination Committee in all the states of the country including Bihar and the Center. Tyagi said, “We are part of NDA and fully support this alliance. The party will welcome the formation of the NDA Coordination Committee to resolve various issues. During the tenure of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, a lot of work was done by forming a coordination committee.
We will be happy if the coordination committee is reconstituted at the central and state level for the smooth functioning of the government and to stop the inappropriate rhetoric of the leaders of the constituent parties.
Along with this, he said that JDU will participate in the Uttar Pradesh and Manipur assembly elections to be held in the year 2022. “Our priority will be to contest the elections in alliance with the BJP. But if it doesn’t happen, we will fight alone,” he said.
JDU did not participate in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. But regarding the upcoming elections, the party’s national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh has said earlier this month that the party is capable of contesting the elections alone.
In Bihar BJP, many BJP leaders have given statements on the matter of Nitish Kumar being PM material to contesting elections alone. But BJP MP Ajay Nishad has put a question mark on the JDU-BJP alliance with his statement.
Without naming JDU, he said that “BJP is running a government of full majority with more than 300 MPs at the Centre, even if any party wants to leave the NDA, it will not affect the BJP.”