Nitish seals lips on Sushma as PM

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 15:12 hrs

Bihar Chief Minister Nitih Kumar on Monday said he will voice his opinion on the Prime Ministerial candidate issue at a proper time, refusing to comment on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj's chances of becoming a candidate for the post.

"I am going to state my opinion (on Prime Ministerial candidate) at the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) meeting that will be held at an appropriate time to discuss the issue," Kumar told reporters on Monday.

"There is a huge difference between being a PM material and getting nominated as a candidate for the post," he said.

While Narendra Modi´s name continued to create controversy as the BJP´s prime ministerial name for the 2014 general elections, Thackeray crowded the pitch with one more name- Sushma Swaraj.

In their party mouthpiece Saamna in an interview published on Sunday, Thackeray said the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha is an ideal choice for the post of PM for her intelligence.

He said Swaraj is a deserving candidate, with the utterance now questioning if the Shiv Sena is averse to Modi being projected as the PM.

Thackeray said presently there is only one person who is "intelligent and brilliant- Sushma Swaraj".

The Sena chief said Swaraj has the ability to deliver a great performance.

Swaraj and Thackeray had a meeting in Mumbai recently when the former visited there to protest against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on the coal scam.

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