Patna,(BiharTimes): An unusual development took place in Bihar on the Independence Day. A prominent magazine of the country, The Week, quoted Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar as saying in an interview that he would break his alliance with BJP if Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is made its prime ministerial candidate and also that he was open to a post-poll tie-up with the Congress.
Later in the day the Chief Minister denied having given any such interview and said that The Week, had removed it from the website.
However, The Week maintained that the interview had been conducted.
The magazine quoted Nitish, as having said that “JD(U) will move out of NDA within minutes if Modi is projected as the PM candidate in 2014 polls.”
The chief minister was also quoted as having said that if the Congress promises to meet his demands he was open to the idea of a post-poll tie-up with that party after the next Lok Sabha elections.
“Once honeymoon with BJP is over we will be free for post-poll alliance with anyparty,” he was quoted by the magazine.
At the same time Nitish said projecting Modi as the NDA candidate would re-energise the Congress.
It remained a mystery of a sort as to who, either Nitish or The Week, is telling lie. Anyway the Bihar chief minister is changing his stand so quickly that it is quite difficult to believe what he would say next day. One day his party, Janata Dal (United), decided to support the UPA candidate, Pranab Mukherjee, for the post of President while it sided with the NDA in the Vice Presidential election.
Though The Week interview might have been withdrawn from the website, what about its print edition. The question remained unanswered.
The controversy over the interview came up on August 15, the day in which newspapers of Bihar, do not have their editions. At least there is no difficult choice for editors whether to publish the news regarding this row or not.