Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said on Monday that incumbent Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was ‘reluctant' to continue in the designation after the recent assembly elections in the state, PTI reported.
Modi, having served as Kumar’s deputy for more than a decade and known for having an instrumental understanding with his former superior, stated the aforementioned in response to the JD(U)’s address of the topic the previous day, wherein the party’s national executive meeting, Kumar left the designation of the party President.
Later on during the meeting, the party’s spokesperson K C Tyagi reportedly expressed unhappiness over repeated references to Kumar continuing as CM and highlighted that the latter had wished for BJP to have its own Chief Minister on account of having numerical majority.
"It is true that Nitish Kumar had shown reluctance to continue as chief minister after the assembly polls and said the BJP should stake claim for the top post," PTI quoted Modi as saying, who further claimed that Kumar agreed to continue in the post only when other stakeholders in the NDA such as BJP, HAM, and VIP reminded him that the votes were sought from the people in his name.
The BJP secured 74 seats in the assembly elections in Bihar, while JD(U), having fought in more number of seats than BJP, got 43 as it faced the wrath of LJP Supremo Chirag Paswan who vowed to bring an end to Kumar’s stint as Chief Minister and gradually being successful in fielding BJP runaways as Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) candidates.