statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 18 JUNE: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the JD-U leader and Bihar chief minister, Mr Nitish Kumar, as “secular”, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) today endorsed the PM’s remark.
Like the PM, however, the AICC also shied away from spelling out its position on the question whether the Congress would forge an alliance with the JD-U in Bihar in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
In the wake of the JD-U’s break-up with its 17-year-old NDA ally, the BJP, the Congress would have the option of joining hands with Mr Kumar or RJD chief and the Bihar CM’s arch-rival, Mr Lalu Prasad, for the general elections. The Congress leadership is, however, likely to keep both these options open till the final countdown to the Lok Sabha elections while keeping both Mr Kumar and Mr Prasad guessing.
An indication to this effect is expected to be given by the Congress tomorrow during Mr Kumar’s trust vote. In a bid to keep a neutral position, the four Congress MLAs are likely to abstain from voting.