Janata Dal (United) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is meeting leaders of all opposition parties these days. Its aim is to bring all non-BJP parties together on one platform before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
On August 31, Chief Minister KK Chandrashekhar Rao met Nitish Kumar, but the issue of bringing the opposition together on a platform did not work. There were reports in the media that KCR wanted to keep the Congress out of the opposition front, but Nitish Kumar said there could not be a strong opposition unity without the Congress and the Left being involved .
At the press conference held in Patna, the expressions of both leaders explained everything. When reporters asked questions about a possible prime ministerial candidate, Nitish Kumar got up to leave. KCR stopped Nitish Kumar several times saying ‘sit’ but Nitish refused to answer questions and took him with him saying ‘Chaliye’ to KCR.
Before going to Delhi, Nitish Kumar met RJD’s Sarva Sarva Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Monday and consulted him. Lalu is currently ill and is staying at the official residence of his wife Rabri Devi. According to reports, Lalu Prasad explained the plan to Nitish Kumar to deal with the obstacles facing opposition unity. Lalu’s son and MP CM Tejashwi Yadav was also present in the meeting. When asked by reporters about the conversation that took place during the meeting, Nitish Kumar said evasively, “Lalu ji is like my elder brother. I had come to seek his blessings. We both have similar views.’
What Nitish Kumar didn’t say, his deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav said. Tejashwi said, “Nitish Kumar has been given the task of mobilizing all the opposition parties. If all the opposition parties come together, the 2024 elections will be difficult for the BJP.
Nitish Kumar met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at his residence in Delhi for about an hour. Later, speaking to reporters, Nitish Kumar said, “I have no intention of becoming a prime ministerial candidate. The BJP is trying to weaken the regional parties and my effort is to unite the opposition parties before the general election.
When asked by a reporter if he would be ready for it if his name is agreed upon as the prime ministerial candidate, Nitish Kumar said, “I haven’t thought about it.” I only think about myself. Now this statement has many meanings, take what you will.
Nitish Kumar also met Janata Dal (Secular) chief HD Kumaraswamy on Monday and discussed efforts for opposition unity. It is worth noting that after the fall of his government in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy broke his alliance with the Congress.
On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar met CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D. Raja. When reporters again asked questions about the prime ministerial candidate, Nitish Kumar said, “I am not a candidate and I have no desire for it. Our whole aim is to unite all Left parties, regional parties and the Congress Let us all unite, this will be the most important thing.
Nitish Kumar’s meetings with opposition leaders have also given some hope to the Left leaders. Sitaram Yechury said on Monday, “Nitish Kumar has admitted that he made a mistake by going with the BJP. Now the opposition parties will definitely welcome him. As far as claiming the post of Prime Minister is concerned, Nitish Kumar has all the qualities to become prime minister, but now is not the time to talk about this issue.
Nitish Kumar had publicly admitted at his party’s national executive on Sunday that he had made a huge mistake by allying with the BJP in 2017. He said, “I will not make that mistake again.” The same day, in response to this, former Bihar deputy CM and BJP leader Sushil Modi said, “Nitish Kumar has accepted this mistake many times.” Going with BJP in 2013 was a mistake. Then in 2017 he promised that he would never go with RJD again in life, and now he again said that it was wrong to go with BJP. That is why Lalu Yadav named it Palturam.
On Tuesday, Nitish Kumar met Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Nitish will then meet Nationalist Congress Party supremo Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Indian National Lok Dal chief Om Prakash Chautala.
Overall, no opposition leader says he wants to be prime minister. Everyone says they don’t feel like it. Apart from Nitish Kumar, Rahul Gandhi also says the same, Kejriwal also says the same, KCR also says the same, Mamta also says the same. But the reality is that the fight is only with the Prime Minister’s chair. The issue only worsens with the claim of the prime ministership, otherwise there have been many attempts to unite the opposition against Modi.
As for Nitish Kumar, many senior leaders of both parties are saying in a mutual conversation that Lalu has returned his support to Nitish only on the condition that Nitish remains the Chief Minister for now, but before 2024 he will . in the country’s politics and Tejashwi Yadav will sit on the CM’s chair. This is the reason why Nitish Kumar is meeting the leaders of all opposition parties and trying to persuade them to form an anti-Modi front. Nitish has already started preparing for 2024. (Rajat Sharma)
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