New Delhi/Digital Team. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday met several prominent Left and Opposition leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, and he said that he is neither a candidate for the post of prime minister nor is he interested in it. After meeting party general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D Raja at the Communist Party of India (CPI-M) office, Kumar told reporters that it was time to unite the Left, Congress and all regional parties to form a strong force to form the opposition. Nitish arrived in the national capital on Monday for the first time after severing ties with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He met former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Monday and Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday.
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Nitish Kumar’s visit to Delhi is seen as a part of his exercise to become the leader of the opposition parties. He is also likely to meet leaders of several other opposition parties, including Samajwadi Party founder and veteran leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, Om Prakash Chautala of the Bharatiya Rashtriya Lok Dal, Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP ). After meeting the Left leaders, Kumar said, “I have an old and long relationship with the CPI(M). You all may not have seen it, but whenever I came to Delhi, I used to visit this office. Today let’s all be together again. Our whole goal is to unite all the Left parties, regional parties, Congress. Uniting will mean a lot to all of us.” Kumar said his association with the CPI(M) dates back to the days when he first became an MP. Asked about his ambitions to become prime minister, he said: “It’s wrong. I’m not a candidate for that post and I’m not interested.
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Yechury, on the other hand, said that Kumar’s return to the opposition camp and his willingness to be part of the fight against the BJP is a significant change for Indian politics. “Our first attempt is to unite the opposition parties and not select a candidate for the post of prime minister. When the time comes, we will choose the candidate for prime minister and let you know. “We hope that the political parties who want protect the unity, diversity, unique character of the country and its Constitution, come together,” he said. Raja said he discussed current political developments in the country with Kumar. In a tweet after meeting Nitish , said, “The ‘Indian model’ of unity against the totalitarian misrule of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP is taking shape. I also presented him (Nitish) with a copy each of my books on Marx and Ambedkar. Raja said, “The political change that has taken place in Bihar in the recent past is not limited to this state alone. It will have a huge impact on the politics of the country. We believe that to save democracy, all parties in Left and regional parties must present a platform against BJP.Nitish ji is also trying the same.
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Many thanks to Nitish ji for visiting my home. Many serious issues related to the country were discussed: education, health, operation Lotus, open buying of MLAs by these people and overthrowing governments elected by the people, rise in autocratic corruption of BJP governments, inflation, unemployment. pic.twitter.com/iKkz4IWmCd
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 6, 2022
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Janata Dal (United) leader Sanjay Jha were also present during the meeting between Kejriwal and Nitish. After this meeting, Kejriwal said in a tweet: “Many thanks to Prime Minister Nitish Kumar for visiting my home. Many serious issues related to the country were discussed – education, health, operation Lotus, these people who openly overthrow governments elected by the people through buying and selling of MLAs, growing autocratic corruption of BJP governments, inflation, unemployment. The conversation lasted about 90 minutes. It is to be known that Nitish Kumar has already said that any alliance of opposition formed against the BJP must be Congress and Left parties However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and the Aam Aadmi Party do not seem to be completely agree
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JD(U) spokesperson KC Tyagi claimed that the presence of the Congress and the Left parties is “essential” in any alliance against the BJP. JD(U) has empowered Kumar to bring all opposition parties together on a single platform. Nitish Kumar may have tried to play down issues surrounding his prime ministerial bid, but there is a perception in his party that he is the most deserving prime ministerial candidate among opposition leaders at the moment since he has a long political career, there is also experience and his image is also clean.