"I had said after Dussehra, which means before the one falling next year, Kumar said.
Kumar, who is also the national president of the Janata Dal (United), made the remark in Patna in reply to queries from journalists on the sidelines of a function organised on the occasion of establishment day of the state disaster management authority.
Names of probable candidates that have been doing the rounds include JD(U) MLC and spokesman Neeraj Kumar and Ashok Choudhary, a former state Congress president and a powerful minister in the previous Grand Alliance government, who joined the Chief Ministers party earlier this year.
However, upon his elevation as national vice-president, it is being said that he is likely to remain engaged with the partys crucial backroom operations.
A number of key departments in the state are at present without full-time ministers, most notable being social welfare which fell vacant upon the resignation of Manju Verma following the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal and of which education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma is at present holding the additional charge.