What ‘condition’ has the Congress put in front of Nitish?

June 19 2023

A new marathon of the opposition unity has started, for which Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar has become the chief architect. The first meeting of the opposition unit is called in Patna on June 23, in which both Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge can attend representing the Congress. Apart from this, senior opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Akhilesh Yadav, Hemant Soren and MK Stalin have also agreed to attend this meeting. Only the issue of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Telangana CM KCR is still stuck. Actually, it is the Congress party which does not want him to be seen on the same stage with these two leaders. Assembly elections are also due in Telangana in the coming few months, so the Congress fears that if it is seen sharing a common platform with KCR, then its votes in the state may be transferred to KCR’s party ‘BRS’. The emphasis of the Congress was to convene this meeting in Shimla, but when Nitish explained that this new alliance of the opposition unity should start from the land of Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan, who shook the stove of the then ruling Delhi with his moral force, the Congress leaders accepted. Congress also wants that the new alliance that is taking shape to replace the UPA should meet at regular intervals. If sources are to be believed, after Patna, the next meeting of this alliance can be held in any Congress-ruled state like Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan. Sources also reveal that Sharad Pawar could be made the president of this new alliance and Nitish could be its convenor.

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