Patna (Bihar), August 10: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday joined the Grand Alliance to form government in the state and called for a united Opposition ahead of the General elections scheduled to be held in 2024.
Notably, Nitish Kumar earlier in the day sworn in as Bihar Chief Minister after parting ways with the BJP. The JD(U) parted ways with the BJP alleging that the party was trying to break the Nitish Kumar faction, and joined hands with the political opponents RJD in the Mahagathbandhan on Tuesday.
Since his decision to leave the NDA, which he had reunited with in 2017, there have been numerous rumours about his future, with his "national ambitions" making the rounds in the political sphere.
However, following his swearing-in ceremony, the Chief Minister denied any such rumours.
"Those who came to power in 2014, will they be victorious in 2024? I would like all (opposition) to be united for 2024. I am not a contender for any such post (on PM post)," he said.
Following the oath-taking ceremony, Nitish Kumar said that the party made the decision together to leave the BJP.
"The party made the decision together (to leave BJP). I did not want to be the Chief Minister after the previous election. But a lot of pressure was put on me to handle the post. When there were talks with them (points towards Tejashwi Yadav), the decision was made. whether I will stay or not (till 2024)...they can say what they want, but I will not live in the year 2014," the CM added.
In response to speculations that Nitish Kumar wants to lead the country after leaving the NDA, Union Minister Nityanand Rai stated earlier in the day that the JD(U) leader would "never be the Prime Minister" and that the position was "reserved" for PM Narendra Modi.
"The people of not only Bihar but the entire country have made up their minds and blessed Narendra Modi to be the prime minister for a lifetime. The people of this country will not accept anybody else as their PM if there is Narendra Modi. He will never be the Prime Minister. The post of PM is reserved for PM Modi because the poor got its massiha for the first time," Rai added.