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Jun 21, 2013 at 02:01pm IST

Nitish takes a dig at Modi, says India can't have a man who divides

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar condemned the BJP in his first interview after splitting from the NDA and said that the party has become all about a single person now. Nitish in a veiled attack on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said that there is a need for a uniting personality to lead the country not a divisive one.

"We had already told the BJP about our apprehensions. We cannot have a man who is a divisive figure, our diverse country needs a man who can unify. The BJP created an atmosphere of personality-based politics. I said what I said about Modi in 2003 but never invited him to campaign in Bihar in 2005, 2009 and last Assembly polls. We have always been against Hindutva, our initial tie-up with the BJP was only a tactical understanding," said Nitish.

Meanwhile, the JD(U) leader, who recently broke the 17-year-old alliance with the BJP, praised senior leaders LK Advani and Atal Behari Vajpayee. "Vajpayee is no doubt a secular leader and he was the one who talked of 'Rajdharma'. Vajpayee carried us all together," said Nitish while speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai.

The Bihar Chief Minister called Advani a changed man and said that the BJP patriarch is not communal.

Nitish also spelled out his objection to Modi and said, "Modi hype in social media is a PR exercise, there's nothing on the ground."

Commenting on the NDA split, Nitish said, "We split from the NDA at the right time. I am not an opportunist, the charges are baseless. The BJP has deviated and taken a different direction."

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