‘Don’t desire PM candidature,’ says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as he meets Opposition leaders in Delhi

On the sidelines of his meeting with Opposition leaders in the National Capital in a bid to form a united front against the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday denied rumours that he wanted to become the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial face for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

“I am not even the claimant, I don’t even desire it,” Nitish told reporters, soon after he met CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in New Delhi. It is time for the Left parties, Congress and all regional parties come together to form a united opposition, Kumar told reporters after meeting CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury at the party office.

“I have had a long association with the CPI-M from my younger days. You all have not seen me, but whenever I used to come to Delhi, I used to come to this office. Today we are again all together. Our entire focus is to unite all Left parties, the regional parties, Congress. This will be a big deal if all of us come together,” he said.

The JD(U) leader, who cut ties with the BJP last month in Bihar, is set to meet CPI general secretary D Raja later in the day.

Nitish on Monday met senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, and the two agreed that opposition parties need to unite. While Nitish is clear that a non-BJP Opposition formation is not viable without Congress, bringing the opposition parties together is easier said than done, as the likes of Trinamool Congress (TMC), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) are unwilling to accept the Congress primacy.

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