Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that the BJP had put pressure on him to take the top executive post. Nitish said he did not hanker for the post and his remarks have been made in the backdrop of tussle between the BJP and the Janata Dal (United) in Arunachal Pradesh.
Questions have been asked whether Nitish will continue in the top post given the tensions between the two partners in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Nitish had recently left the post of JD(U) chief and the party had made his close aide RCP Singh to the post.
Singh, a former bureaucrat of UP cadre, has been a Rajya Sabha MP since 2010. He was chosen on Sunday by executive members of the party to lead it.
On Friday, the JD(U) unit in Arunachal Pradesh has received a setback as seven MLAs joined the BJP. On Saturday, the BJP tried to do damage control and said that it had not poached the legislators of the alliance partner and they had switched over on their own.
Renu Devi, one of the Deputy CMs, said that Nitish was the "guardian" of the NDA in Bihar, stressing that Arunachal developments will not impact Bihar in any way.