press trust of india
PATNA, 25 JUNE: Amid speculation about a future tie up between the Congress and the JD-U after the latter severed relations with the BJP, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today said his party was always for secularism and that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was a “good human being.”
“Whenever there is talk of secularism or a secular state, the Congress is with it. It’s the duty of secular forces to assist each other,” Mr Shinde told reporters here. “Casteism and communal forces cannot run the country … only secular institutions can run the nation,” he said in a veiled attack on the BJP.
The two are going together by air to Supual bordering Nepal to lay the foundation stone of an SSB recruitment training centre and start work on a 552-km Indo-Nepal border road.
Mr Kumar was present in the airport at the time Mr Shinde spoke, but they were not together.
Ever since four Congress MLAs voted in favour of Mr Kumar during the 19 June trust vote, speculation is rife about a future relationship between the Congress and the JD-U.