New Delhi: Raising the pitch for unity against the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it was necessary for the Opposition parties to join forces ahead of the 2024 general election to effectively counter the prevailing “one-sided” situation.
A united front against the BJP, Nitish said, was in the “national interest”, appearing to blunt suggestions that his ongoing efforts are driven by personal ambitions alone.
Speaking to the media after wrapping up his three-day Delhi visit, Nitish also characteristically played down suggestions about his possible lead role in the event of a joint alliance against the BJP taking shape.
“I am not looking for any role for myself. For me, bringing parties together is paramount. If Opposition parties align, the situation that will be created will determine the future course of action. But I can tell you, it will be in the national interest,” Nitish told reporters after meeting NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.
On September 6, Nitish had said he was not even a ‘claimant’ for the post of Prime Minister, a line he has maintained ever since he walked out of the NDA and re-embraced the RJD, causing a major political upheaval in Bihar and setting off a churn at the national stage.