‘Nitish Kumar quit as did not want to work as Chief Minister with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’

New Delhi, May 17: Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed Saturday said that Nitish Kumar had resigned as Bihar chief minister as he did not want to work with Narendra Modi as prime minister.

Ahmed, a former MP from Bihar, said that Nitish Kumar was instrumental in breaking off with the Bharatiya Janata Party last year after it decided to elevate Modi as head of its national campaign for Lok Sabha polls.

Modi would be sworn in as prime minister in a few days and Nitish Kumar apparently did not want to work with him, he claimed.

“This is my hunch that Nitish Kumar as chief minister did not want to work with Narendra Modi as prime minister,” Ahmed told IANS.

Nitish Kumar resigned Saturday, taking moral responsibility for the rout of his Janata Dal-United in the state in the general elections.

JD-U won only two of the 40 Lok Sabha seats from Bihar. In 2009, it won 20 seats in alliance with the BJP.