'What A Joke!': Nitish Kumar On Sushil Modi's 'He Wanted To Be Vice President' Claim

Bihar Political Crisis: Sushil Kumar Modi, known for his closeness with Nitish Kumar, on Tuesday claimed that the Bihar Chief Minister wanted to become the Vice President of India.

By Aalok Sensharma
Updated: Thu, 11 Aug 2022 11:37 AM IST
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'What A Joke!': Nitish Kumar On Sushil Modi's 'He Wanted To Be Vice President' Claim
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses a press conference in Patna. (Photo: ANI)

Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) supremo Nitish Kumar on Thursday rejected his former deputy and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi's claim that "he wanted to become the Vice President of India", calling his allegations a 'joke'.

Speaking to reports, 71-year-old Nitish also dismissed claims that the probe against the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Bihar led to the end of the alliance between between the BJP and the JD(U), calling them "all nonsense".

"You heard a man (Sushil Modi) say that I wanted to be Vice President. What a joke! It's bogus. I had no such desire," Nitish, who was sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for eighth time on Wednesday, said.

"Did they forget how much did our party support them in Presidential and Vice President elections?... Let them talk against me so that they get a position again," the JD(U) chief said.

Modi, known for his closeness with Nitish, on Tuesday claimed that the Bihar Chief Minister wanted to become the Vice President of India. "Nitish wanted to become Vice President of India. Many JDU senior leaders sounded BJP Ministers if it is possible," he said in a late-night tweet on Wednesday.

However, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) picked former West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar as its Vice Presidential candidate. Dhankhar, 71, defeated also Margarat Alva of the opposition to become next Vice President of the country.

Nitish ended his alliance with the BJP on Tuesday, alleging that the saffron party was trying to break the JD(U). Making another U-turn in less than eight years, he joined hands with the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance).

However, the BJP has alleged that Nitish has disrespected the mandate given by the people of Bihar by joining hands with the RJD. Nevertheless, Nitish on Wednesday was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the eighth time. Tejashwi Yadav, on the other hand, became his deputy.

 

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