�What is Nitish Kumar's credibility to call for a BJP-mukt Bharat when he himself had been 'BJP-yukt' (associated with BJP) for 17 long years?� BJP spokesman Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told IANS.
Hussain said such statements were a �desperate bid on the part of a regional party leader� to hog the limelight.
�Nitish Kumar's JD-U is a regional party that has never contested on all the seats even in Bihar,� he said.
Hussain said the Bihar chief minister was dreaming of playing a crucial role in national politics.
�These are his dreams but these dreams will not be realised. The Janata Dal is not united even in Bihar. So Nitish Kumar first needs to build his party at a national level before giving such statements,� Hussain added.
Nitish Kumar had on Saturday appealed to the opposition to unite against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
�All the organisations which do not identify with BJP/RSS communal politics will have to come under one banner to save our democracy," Nitish Kumar said.
He predicted that the country was heading towards a bipolar political divide with BJP-RSS on one side and the rest on the other.
Nitish Kumar's comments did not go down well with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as well.
�RSS is the soul of India. How can they free India of its soul?� RSS leader Rakesh Sinha said on Sunday.(IANS)