JD-U endorses Nitish call for secular person as PM

Patna: NDA constituent JD-U today endorsed party leader Nitish Kumar`s call for projection of a secular person as the alliance`s prime ministerial candidate ahead of the general elections saying his stand is consistent in the backdrop of his secular credentials. "Kumar`s secular credentials and his call for projection of a secular person as NDA`s prime ministerial candidate should be understood in proper perspective," Bihar JD-U president Vashistha Narayan Singh told reporters.

"The chief minister`s stand on secularism has been consistent and has remained so in the past and present and will be so in future too… His comments on NDA`s prime ministerial nominee is fit opinion." Singh said Kumar`s opinion on prime ministerial candidate should be understood in proper perspective as India is a multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual country with a large population of poor people spread over a vast geographical area.

Kumar, he said, has `rightly` addressed these geographical points and put forth his view on the prospective prime ministerial candidate of NDA. The alliance between BJP and JD-U had been worked out on well settled principles comprising status quo on article 370 of Constitution and judicial and negotiated settlement of the vexed Babri Masjid issue among others. "Kumar`s stand on NDA`s prime ministerial candidate vindicates JD-U`s stand," he added.