Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said the BJP should have let its senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi occupy the top post after the 2020 Assembly polls instead of insisting that he run for another term in office.
The JDU leader, who snapped ties with the BJP on Tuesday and joined hands with the opposition RJD to return as the Chief Minister, made the remark as a riposte to allegations levelled against himself by Sushil Modi, his former deputy.
"He has been a dear friend. Why was he not made the CM? Had he been appointed to the post, things would not have reached this stage," he told reporters in reply to questions about Sushil Modi.
Mr Kumar has been maintaining that he was in no mood to continue after the elections in which his party fared badly but relented upon the insistence of leaders of the BJP.
The alliance was called off in keeping with a "unanimous sentiment" expressed by JDU leaders who accused the BJP of a "conspiracy" to obliterate the party.
Sushil Modi was replaced as the deputy Chief Minister by two less-known BJP leaders after the polls.
After Sushil Modi was sent to Rajya Sabha more than a year ago, there were speculations that he would be considered for a cabinet berth at the Centre.