New Delhi: Mohan Bhagwat, Rashtriya Seva Sangh (RSS) chief slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his statement that National Democratic Alliance (NDA) should have a secular Prime Minister nominee for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
As per the reports, Bhagwat supported Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate and said that Nitish was afraid of calling himself a Hindu.
Mohan also said that India should have a PM, who brings forward Hindutva. Attacking the JD(U) strongman, he asked that will Nitish decide what sort of person makes a good prime minister.
Nitish’s comment was seen as his rejection of Modi as a possible candidate for the PM’s post. Kumar demanded that NDA should declare its candidate before the Lok Sabha polls, for the voters to know, whom they would vote for.
Supporting Nitish, his party leader Shivanand Tiwari said that NDA was defeated in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections as the seculat votes went to the UPA.
"We have an alliance with the BJP and not with Modi. Whether we remain in the NDA or not, we will not compromise on secularism."
JD(U) MLC Devesh Chandra Thakur said "I don't think any one in this country will be surprised by the statement of Mohan Bhagwatji. Our ideology is different. Unfortunately RSS narrows down the ideology of Hinduism. Modi has a RSS back ground and it is obvious that the RSS will support him. There is no surprising element in this.”
Sources say that Kumar targeted Modi in an attempt to establish his credentials among Bihar Muslims.