After severing ties with the BJP in Bihar politics and returning to the Grand Alliance, only Janata Dal United (JDU) is seen as a target. JDU aims to make Chief Minister Nitish Kumar the face of the opposition for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In this situation, Nitish Kumar will arrive in Delhi on Monday on a three-day tour, during which he will try to write a new script in the direction of opposition unity. This is the reason why Nitish’s visit to Delhi this time is considered politically very special.
After the political change in Bihar, both political friends and enemies of Nitish Kumar have changed. Nitish’s target is now BJP and PM Modi, then RJD and Congress are as allies. From Lalu Yadav to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi have become their specials. CM Nitish Kumar, who is arriving in Delhi on a three-day tour, this time will not meet PM Modi and BJP president JP Nadda, but Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury and many important opposition leaders.
many faces of the opposition
Even after JDU gives all the emphasis, will it be so easy for all the opposition leaders to accept Nitish Kumar as the face of the PM and he can bring all the opposition parties together on one platform? This is important because not only Nitish Kumar but from Mamta Banerjee to KCR and Arvind Kejriwal are trying to be the face of the opposition in the 2024 elections and trying to outshine each other.
Mamta Banerjee and KCR during their respective tours in Delhi have tried to write a script to build opposition unity by collaborating with opposition party leaders but so far they have failed to do so. In this situation, Nitish Kumar is taking his step towards opposition unity along with switching sides. Nitish Kumar has taken the initiative to unite the opposition parties across the country to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections of 2024. For this purpose, his tour of Delhi is being watched.
Will never associate me with BJP now: Nitish
Ahead of the Delhi tour, Nitish Kumar tried to clear all doubts at the JDU national executive meeting. Nitish Kumar said in Sunday’s meeting that he will never form an alliance with the BJP. Going back to NDA again in 2017 was a big mistake. It is believed that by mentioning this, Nitish Kumar has tried to convince the opposition parties that he will not join hands with the BJP again.
We tell you that Nitish Kumar may be known as Sushasan Babu, but his image has also been that of a leader who turned back. He has come and gone in the court of BJP and Mahagathbandhan but this time Nitish Kumar has switched side one and half year before Lok Sabha election 2024. In this situation if we combine the statements of Nitish and his party JDU, this political ambition of Nitish Kumar is clearly visible.
Congress is necessary for the opposition
After the JDU National Council meeting, the party’s senior general secretary KC Tyagi said in the press conference that without the Congress and the Left, the BJP cannot be fought vigorously. Therefore, the opposition parties will have to unite by erasing their differences. At the same time, he also said that Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao wants Congress not to be included in the alliance formed against BJP, but JDU does not agree. JDU is of the view that opposition unity is not possible without Congress in the country.
KC Tyagi, however, made it clear that JDU never talked about projecting Nitish Kumar in 2024 elections. We have only authorized Nitish Kumar to work for opposition unity. Nitish, who arrived on a three-day tour of Delhi on Monday, will be seen trying to write a script for opposition unity. In this situation, there is a possibility of meeting Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Kejriwal and some other opposition party leaders on his agenda.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who quit the NDA and formed the government in Bihar with RJD, has launched a campaign to unite the opposition. With that, he will arrive in Delhi on Monday, where more than Rahul Gandhi is eyeing the meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The future of opposition unity will largely depend on the outcome of Nitish and Kejriwal’s meeting as both leaders are seen as prime ministerial contenders.
JDU may be rejecting Nitish’s claim to be the face of the opposition, but the Aam Aadmi Party has described Kejriwal as the strongest candidate for 2024. Kejriwal will start the ‘Make India Number One’ campaign from 7 September This is seen as the start of its campaign in 2024. The Aam Aadmi Party has insisted time and again that Kejriwal is the most powerful option against Modi and that AAP is capable of defeating the BJP. The same is being done with Mamata Banerjee’s camp as well.
Whether Nitish Kumar will be successful in his campaign to connect other opposition parties including Kejriwal in opposition unity will be known in the coming time. Currently, political experts believe that this is difficult to happen. The real reason for this is that Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee are being projected as alternatives to Modi. Apart from this, Kejriwal and KCR do not want to be part of any Congress-led alliance.
KCR’s TRS party and Congress are fighting a one-on-one battle in Telangana. In this situation, KCR is worried about being taken with the Congress. Similarly, Kejriwal’s party is fighting against the Congress in many states and if it indirectly joins the country’s oldest party at the national level, it may have to suffer. AAP leaders also say their party is the only non-BJP or Congress party in the country with power in more than one state. In this situation, Arvind Kejriwal’s claim is the strongest. In this situation, how will Nitish Kumar be able to implement opposition unity?