NEW DELHI, June 19 � Even as Narendra Modi is being projected as a prospective candidate of BJP for the post of Prime Minister, JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has put a spanner by saying that NDA�s nominee for the top post should be somebody with �secular credentials�, reports PTI.
Significantly, his views were echoed today by BJP leader and Bihar�s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who said the coalition�s Prime Ministerial candidate should be �acceptable to all sections of the society�.
Kumar noted that India is a multi-religious and multi-lingual country and its �leader should not have rough edges in his personality�.
He emphasised that NDA will have to declare its candidate well ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014 so that the electorate knows who they are voting for but insisted that he was not aspiring for the prime ministership.
�The NDA should have a leader who can feel for the underdeveloped States like Bihar... This leader should be acceptable to every constituent of the alliance. To me, the leader of the coalition should have secular credentials,� Kumar told The Economic Times.
�It (NDA leader) should not be someone who can develop developed States, but who has a feel for underdeveloped States,� the Bihar Chief Minister said.