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NDA ally says Nitish Kumar unwilling to continue as chief minister post 2020

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PATNA: Union minister Upendra Kushwaha has triggered a political storm by claiming JD-U leader Nitish Kumar is unwilling to continue as the chief minister.

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Kushwaha heads the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) which is a constituent of the NDA in Bihar.

“Kumar doesn’t want to continue as chief minister for another term. He personally has told to me,” Kushwaha told a function in Patna on Wednesday.

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“How long should I continue as the CM? 15 warsh ka vakt kuchh kam nahin hota! Aab main yah sthan chhodana chahta hun (15 years are not a small period and so I want to quit),” Kushwaha quoted Kumar as saying at the function.

According to him, Kumar is reluctant to continue as CM post 2020 when the next assembly elections will be held.

The JD-U though rejected such claim of Kushwaha who is now going annoyed with the BJP and JD-U for sparing only “two seats” for his party under the seat-sharing deal this time.

“We do not have to say anything about the veracity of Kushwaha’s claim. What we wish to underscore is that Nitish Kumar became the chief minister not out of his own personal desire but because the people of Bihar wanted to see him in that role. And they have been reaffirming their faith in his leadership by voting him back to power,” JD-U national general secretary Shyam Rajak was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on Thursday.

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