New Delhi, September 25: After backing the premiership ambitions of Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United leader Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Yadav and Nitish are all set to meet the acting leader of the Congresswoman Sonia Gandhi in the nation’s capital to discuss the agenda other than “unity of the opposition”, sources said.
Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad will meet Sonia Gandhi at 6 p.m. in Delhi and hold much more importance than it seems, according to the sources. According to Rashtriya Janata Dal’s sources, the meeting is important not only to bolster opposition to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024, but for various reasons as the party leader will ask Acting Congress Speaker Sonia Gandhi to the assurance of the unity of the opposition to agree to compromises”.
Lalu and JDU leader Nitish Kumar will further ask Gandhi for the right to approach the opposition camp by meeting with leaders of regional parties politically distant from Congress to join the alliance.
According to the sources, JDU and RJD leaders are likely to approach Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, Left in Kerala, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Biju Janata Dal (BJD) of Odisha, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Interestingly, Congress would be in jeopardy if Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar got the “enormous coordination right” for bringing leaders into the opposition camp.
The opposition unification campaign will gain momentum if today’s meeting of Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar with Sonia Gandhi succeeds.
It is worth mentioning that this will be the first meeting between the three parties in more than five years.
The two leaders arrive in Delhi to attend a rally to be held in Fatehabad district of Haryana on the birth anniversary of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) founder, late Devi Lal, along with the head of INLD, OP Chautala.
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