We are not interested in such things - Nitish Kumar said on the presidential candidacy



Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

Expressing surprise once again that opposition parties are discussing his candidature for the post of President, on Wednesday he had no such aspiration in his mind.

Responding to a question from journalists regarding the presidential candidature after participating in the social reform campaign organized at Shri Krishna Singh Memorial Stadium in Jamui district for complete de-addiction, eradication of dowry and child marriage in Bihar, Kumar said, ''there's nothing like this.

I wonder how such a thing came up.

We have no such aspiration in our mind.

I have nothing to do with these.

Nothing has happened anywhere.

We are neither interested in such things nor have my support.

He said, "We are doing our job.

There should be a sense of social reform, development, love, brotherhood in the society, let's all go together, we are interested in this.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik on Tuesday said the Sharad Pawar-led party is ready to support the JD(U) leader for the country's highest constitutional post if Kumar breaks ties with the BJP.

President Ram Nath Kovind's term ends in July.

The electoral college consists of the members of both the houses of the Parliament, apart from the state and union territories' assemblies.

It is being reported by a section of the media that election strategist Prashant Kishor is playing a role in forming opinion in favor of Kumar among the opposition parties for the presidential candidature.

Senior leader of JDU leader Kumar's party RJD of Lalu Prasad's party, Shivanand Tiwari said on Wednesday that the discussion of Kumar's name for the post of President is not known from where did he start.

"If the Bharatiya Janata Party wants to make Nitish Kumar its presidential candidate, then what can the opposition have in it," he said.

"As far as projecting Kumar as the presidential candidate from the opposition is concerned, it seems impossible to me, because in that case he would have to part ways with the Bharatiya Janata Party," Tiwari said.

He asked in a questioning tone, "Is it possible?"

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