Nitish meets Kejriwal to promote unity within the opposition

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Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, met with Arvind Kejriwal, the mayor of Delhi, and five other opposition leaders on Monday in a bid to bring together the opposition parties in front of the general election in 2024.

At their meeting, Kumar and Kejriwal discussed a range of topics, including the Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempts to overthrow opposition governments, inflation, and unemployment. The discussion lasted for almost 90 minutes.

“I want to thank Nitish ji for coming to my house. Education, health, Operation Lotus, open attempts by these people (BJP leaders) to oust elected governments, unchecked corruption in BJP regimes, inflation, and unemployment were just a few of the important national concerns highlighted, Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Sanjay Kumar Jha, a minister in the Nitish Kumar government, and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

After spent the previous five years in the NDA, some opposition figures interpret Kumar’s recent round of meetings as an effort to solidify his position in the anti-BJP camp. One leader who visited Kumar on Monday stated, “His talks with diverse sections of the opposition were also an attempt to highlight his wider appeal.”

After meeting with Rahul Gandhi and the head of the Janata Dal (Secular), HD Kumaraswamy, on Monday, Kumar met with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Sitaram Yechury, the general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Om Prakash Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal, D Raja, the head of the Communist Party of India, and Kejr

Kumar promoted the formation of an alliance amongst opposition parties for the 2024 general elections at the majority of these sessions. He stated once more that he had no desire to become prime minister. The former chief minister of Haryana, Chautala, praised Kumar for breaking his partnership with the BJP.

“First, the goal is to bring all parties together, not to select a candidate for prime minister. When the time comes, we will choose a candidate for prime minister and inform you all, Kumar told reporters in front of the CPI(M) office.

Kumar reminded the leaders in the CPI(M) office of his “old affiliation” with the Leftists. According to participants in the meeting who asked to remain anonymous, Yechury underlined during the debate that the election must be fought through state-level alliances and that national pacts can only be conceivable after the results.

While many opposition parties applauded the Janata Dal (United) leader’s outreach, some opposition leaders warned that Kumar’s growing influence in the opposition’s plans for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections could worry Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. According to a senior leader of one party who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “Banerjee, too, has been involved in such discussions and now Kumar is seen performing the same task.”

The Congress, the Left parties, and all local parties must unite to form a unified opposition, Kumar added.