Bihar, July 3, 2017: Amid rumours of a rift in the Bihar Mahagathbandhan, chief minister Nitish Kumar said that Congress should present an alternative agenda against the BJP-led Modi government and opposition as a mere “reactive narrative” was not helping them in countering the government.
Addressing a press conference, Nitish said ‘What I said during party meeting yesterday was in a particular context, don’t interpret it differently. There is no issue. The schemes promised by the grand alliance are being implemented.
But he also said “Coalition is not the only thing, we need to set alternative agenda and set it before the people… Congress is the largest party, it needs to step up and provide an agenda.”
On being asked about 2019 Prime Minister election, Bihar CM said “I am not the face of the opposition. I do not have the capability of being the opposition face for 2019. I do not want that role, nor do I have the capability.” He also added that “I do not want to be Prime Minister.”
While reacting on skipping the midnight GST launch event, Kumar said “We have always supported GST. It will bring transparency to the system. It’s a reform, minor issues might crop up in the beginning but nothing that cannot be ironed out. There is no point in asking me why I did not attend it as I was not invited to the midnight GST event at the parliament.”