The leader of Janata Dal United and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is engaged in the campaign to unite the opposition parties , will go to Kolkata and Lucknow on Monday.
He will meet Trinamool Congress Chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata and Samajwadi Party President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow.
Along with Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav will also go to West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.
There is a possibility that Nitish Kumar and Tejashwi Yadav may discuss further strategy to unite the opposition parties during the meeting with Mamta Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav .
When Nitish Kumar was asked about the proposed meeting with Mamta Banerjee on Sunday, he said, “What is the need to ask all this now.” We will talk when everything is done.
Regarding his campaign for opposition unity, Nitish Kumar said, “We do not want anything for ourselves, we have spoken many times. We have no personal desire for ourselves. We are thinking in the interest of the whole country. Whatever is happening now, the whole country is in the process of changing its history. We want the country to be safe. The new generation should know that such a big fight for freedom took place. Some people nowadays want to change everything. When everyone will be together, will meet, then the country will be safe. We are working for it”.
Earlier this month, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav held meetings in Delhi with Left leaders including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal on a joint strategy against the BJP in 2024.
On April 12, Nitish Kumar along with Tejashwi Yadav met Congress National President Mallikarjun Kharge at his residence in Delhi. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was also present in the meeting.
Lalan Singh, Manoj Jha, Salman Khurshid, Mukul Wasnik and Bihar Congress President Akhilesh Prasad Singh were also present in the meeting.
Nitish Kumar had met the national convenor of Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in the evening on the same day.
In February Nitish Kumar, had asserted that if all opposition parties, including the Congress, fought the 2024 Lok Sabha elections unitedly, the BJP would be reduced to less than 100 seats.
Nitish Kumar also visited Delhi in September last year when he met leaders like Sharad Pawar, Arvind Kejriwal, D Raja, Sitaram Yechury and Akhilesh Yadav. JD(U), RJD, Congress and Left parties are part of the ruling coalition in Bihar.