PM appears to warm up to JD(U), terms Nitish secular

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 17 June 2013, 08:42 PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday appeared to be warming up to Janata Dal (U), which has dumped BJP, by describing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as secular and saying that "in politics there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends".

"In politics, there are no permanent enemies or permanent friends. We will decide as the situation evolves," he told reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan.     

He was replying to a question whether Congress looks at JD(U) as a future ally against the backdrop of the split in the NDA and would reach out to it.   

To a question on Nitish Kumar, he said the JD(U) leader is secular. "I cannot speculate on that or what happens in the future. We need support of all right-minded parties.

In parliament, we look for their support," Singh said when asked whether Congress would seek JD(U)'s support. Singh refused to comment on the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP and the resignation issue of L K Advani.

"This is an internal matter of the BJP," he said. On the Federal Front mooted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he said "I cant see the Federal Front posing a real challenge to the UPA."

"When the chips are down, the UPA will give a goodaccount," Singh said. 

First Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 08:39 PM
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