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Old 03-Feb-2011
Growing corruption paving way for anti-Congressism: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said growing corruption was paving way for a shift towards anti-Congressism in national politics but parried a question on whether he was ready to lead any such opposition move. "The situation is gradually unfolding. People are especially exercised with the issue of corruption. People are rising against corruption.

"As far as the issue of leadership is concerned, our political system creates the leader. But it will all depend on situations," Kumar told reporters in Press Club of India here.

He was replying to a query on whether there is a possibility of a resurgence of anti-Congressism as witnessed in past and is there anybody to provide leadership to the opposition in such an eventuality.
His remarks were significant as for quite some time, he is being talked about as a possible opposition candidate for Prime Ministership in the eventuality of a joint Opposition effort to oust Congress from the Centre.

He, however, declined to answer a specific query on whether he is ready to lead any such movement for change.
"Change is always brought in by people and people also choose the leader...what do I say on it," was his refrain to such queries.
When it was pointed out that his victory in Bihar also strengthened BJP's hand, Kumar said, "This was not the victory of any party or alliance but a victory of people of the state. People of Bihar came together to vote for Bihar's development in the election."

He also described his earlier disapproval of BJP's Tiranga Yatra to Kashmir as "a reaction coming from the heart and due to a thinking for long...it was not made keeping in mind who felt what with it".
Kumar chose the occasion to make it clear that "We have an alliance with BJP but we have different views on many issues."
Speaking separately at Indian Women's Press Corps, Kumar said, "There is no discomfort in ties with BJP."

He also made a strong pitch for a JPC to probe 2G Spectrum allocation scam saying there is no other way out and the kind of inquiry will benefit all.

"In my opinion, the demand for JPC should be accepted so that there is also a probe by the JPC and Parliament also functions smoothly. In my view, there is no other way out. I fail to understand what is the problem in accepting JPC?".
Kumar said that while PAC would also look into the issue, JPC will have a "larger domain" and its report will be discussed in Parliament. He said that move to constitute JPC will benefit not only the ruling party but everybody.

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