'India won't tolerate a divisive leader'
Nitish Kumar described Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) decision to announce Modi as its prime ministerial candidate as "Vinash kale vipreet buddhi (When we face difficult times, our thinking gets warped)".
"We had sensed it three months ago that BJP will name him its PM candidate and ended our (JD-U) alliance with BJP," Nitish Kumar said.
Nitish Kumar snapped ties with BJP in Bihar June 16 this year after Modi was made BJP's campaign chief for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
HOW PARTIES REACTED TO MODI’S ANOINTMENT
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari: A Nagpur-based shadowy cabal of unaccountable geriatric gentlemen in period attire can ram decisions down BJP's throat and call it internal democracy. There could be possibly nothing more undemocratic than this.
Union Minister Kapil Sibal: Some people want to advance their Diwali celebration, let me celebrate it but we will celebrate Diwali on time. We will be in election mode soon. As and when it comes, we shall deal with all political parties.
Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury: We simply cannot be bothered. This doesn’t make any difference.
Digvijay Singh: Modi was not an issue for the Congress. Our party is not fighting against any individual, but the ideology of spreading communalism.
DMK president M Karunanidhi indicated that he may not support Modi saying his party "would not go back on its ideology of opposing communalism”.
Mamata Banerjee: It was an internal matter of BJP.
Derek O' Brien: Modi's anointment was an internal matter of BJP. We are a different political party. They have their own views, we have our own views.
A B Bardhan: It would only pave the way for a revolt in BJP.
Naresh Agrawal: It seems that as if Narendra Modi will become the PM without the general election. During childhood, we used to play a game in which one could even buy Juhu or Chowpatty as if we were owners of Mumbai...public will never accept his ideology and policies. This dream will never come true.
Uddhav Thackeray: The decision was expected "and is the mood of the people too". Nectar has come out of the "samudra manthan" (churning of the sea).
Sukhbir Singh Badal: People of the country are eager to topple the "directionless UPA government" led by Congress. Gujarat Chief Minister had a "strong public appeal" and "proven track record."