Lalu questions Nitish secular credentials

Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad today questioned the "secular credentials" of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar following the latter`s exchange of pleasantries and warm handshake with his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi and alleged that both of them (Kumar and Modi) were on same ideological page.

"Kumar`s secular credentials has come under scrutiny once again after he shook hands with Modi and exchanged pleasantries with him in full media glare at yesterday`s conference of the Chief Ministers on the NCTC in New Delhi," he told reporters here.

"The Chief Minister stands thoroughly exposed as far as his secular image is concerned as he has always sought to maintain distance with Modi in Bihar, but did not mind interaction with him at places outside the state," Prasad said.

Kumar`s deliberations with Modi has proved it beyond doubt that his facade of being secularist was aimed at keeping the minorities in good humour in order to get their votes for staying in power, the RJD supremo alleged.

All the protestation by Kumar about publication of his photograph with Modi during 2010 BJP national executive was aimed at befooling the minorities with eye on their votes in the assembly polls to be held later that year, Prasad alleged. On the NCTC issue, the RJD supremo urged the Centre to evolve a consensus before setting up the anti-terror body in the country.