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Strong possibility of Opposition uniting for 2024 polls: Nitish

Source: PTI
September 26, 2022 18:56 IST
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There is a strong possibility of opposition parties coming together to fight the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Monday, stressing that he has had good talks with them and many will join hands gradually.

IMAGE: SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief OP Chautala, Bihar CM and JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and Bihar Dy CM and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav attend a rally organised on the occasion of the 109th birth anniversary of former deputy PM Devi Lal, in Fatehabad, Haryana, September 25, 2022. Photograph: Atul Yadav/PTI Photo

Speaking to reporters, the Janata Dal-United leader also made light of the Bharatiya Janata Party's repeated swipe at the Opposition over its unity talks, saying the ruling party has many problems of its own. "All they can do is speak day and night," he said.

 

"Many parties will join hands gradually and there is a strong possibility that they can fight the 2024 polls together," he said, adding that he has had good talks with leaders of different parties.

Asked if the Trinamool Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, both of who have strong reservations against the Congress, will also be a part of such a formation, he said once an agreement is reached in the Opposition about an alliance, only then can something concrete be said.

At the same time, he added that the media will be aware of all the leaders he has met.

Kumar had met Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during his last visit to the national capital.

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also said recently that she together with Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dals Tejashwi Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s supremo Akhilesh Yadav will defeat the BJP.

Kumar had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi along with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday.

During an earlier visit, he had met many other opposition leaders.

Nitish Kumar, Nationalist Congress Party leader Sharad Pawar and other prominent opposition leaders had at a rally in Fatehabad on Sunday called for a new alliance that includes the Congress for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, stressing that a bipolar contest will ensure the BJP's defeat.

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