PATNA: The ruling Janata Dal United (JD-U) in Bihar today denied chief minister Nitish Kumar was in the race for the President.
The rebuttal came from the party after a national newspaper with its presence in the South India carried the story that the chief minister was jockeying for the Presidential polls.
“There is no truth in the story. Nitish Kumar is not the race for the President,” JD-U’s general secretary KC Tyagi was quoted as saying in the local media on Monday.
He said the chief minister was only trying for putting up a joint Presidential candidate for the opposition.
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“That’s the lone reason why he has been meeting various leaders but the certain media presented it in a different way,” Tyagi claimed, adding Kumar had been favouring for opposition unity.
The entire controversy got generated after a south Indian daily carried story about Kumar’s candidature for Presidential polls quoting Tyagi.
“Nitish Kumar is experienced and capable of becoming the President of India, and he will contest the coming Presidential election,” Tyagi was quoted as telling The Hindu.