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Aug 08, 2013 at 08:32am IST

Nitish rules himself out of PM race, says he is not fit for it

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ruled himself out of the Prime Ministerial race for 2014 Lok Sabha polls but he did not rule not the formation of a Third Front like government. Speaking at Network18's Think India Dialogue, the Chief Minister said the Prime Ministerial post was too high for him.

When told that according to CNN-IBN survey, people believed him to be the good candidate for the PM post, Nitish asked not to take his name in such surveys. He said, "I am not fit to hold such a high post."

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His views were different from many leaders who believed him to be a Prime Ministerial material. Recently, BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha praised him and said the Bihar Chief Minister was a Prime Ministerial material. Sinha's remarks had even drew party's ire.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister did not rule out the formation of a Third Front like government. He said that backward regions like Bihar need to be aided by the Centre, but the backward states have been given nothing. "West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar have been given no aid by the Centre. The time has come that these states unite and support one another," he said.

Foramation of a Third Front had gained momentum after the Janata Dal United had broken its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP. The party snapped its ties after the BJP had anointed Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its poll panel chief.

On the poll issue, Nitish said Modi will not be a factor in Bihar and made it clear that whoever rules Delhi will have to be open-minded and democratic. He said, "I never discuss any particular individual. The main point of dicussion during the polls will be governance and peace. I have never compromised with my ideologies. Till I am the Chief Minister, governance in the state will never be an issue."

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