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Had to quit alliance on graft issue: Nitish

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PATNA, July 31 - Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he had no option but to walk out of the grand alliance as continuing in it would have meant compromising with corruption.

�There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,� he told a press conference here.

Kumar said that he had never sought a clarification but wanted them (Lalu Prasad and family) to answer the queries raised regarding corruption.

�Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,� he said.

Kumar also spoke highly about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying �Nobody has the strength to compete with Modiji�.

Noting that the RJD had made objectionable statements against Modi, he said, �I had tolerated every criticism for the sake of the mahagathbandhan. But none from the JD(U) had said anything against RJD�s supreme leader.�

On secularism, Kumar said that he did not need any certificate from anybody on the issue.

�What does secularism mean? Does secularism mean making property worth thousands of crores?� he asked. � PTI

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Had to quit alliance on graft issue: Nitish

PATNA, July 31 - Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he had no option but to walk out of the grand alliance as continuing in it would have meant compromising with corruption.

�There were corruption charges and cases were filed by the CBI (against Lalu Prasad and family). I had only told them to come out with proper answers. Instead they made fun of me saying whether I was a CBI official or the police,� he told a press conference here.

Kumar said that he had never sought a clarification but wanted them (Lalu Prasad and family) to answer the queries raised regarding corruption.

�Laluji did not give any clarification on corruption charges. How could I remain silent as I talked about zero tolerance on corruption? Now I have a feeling that they did not have a proper answer,� he said.

Kumar also spoke highly about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying �Nobody has the strength to compete with Modiji�.

Noting that the RJD had made objectionable statements against Modi, he said, �I had tolerated every criticism for the sake of the mahagathbandhan. But none from the JD(U) had said anything against RJD�s supreme leader.�

On secularism, Kumar said that he did not need any certificate from anybody on the issue.

�What does secularism mean? Does secularism mean making property worth thousands of crores?� he asked. � PTI

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