Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren here on Wednesday and said their talks were aimed at forming a “united opposition” to beat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Kumar, along with deputy Tejashwi, held Yadav talks to Soren for about an hour at the latter’s residence here. “Our talks aimed at forming a united opposition and the outcome of the discussion will be visible in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024,” Kumar told reporters after the meeting. “We will oppose the Center’s attempts to make changes in history. We will also restore unity between Hindus and Muslims,” said Kumar, the leader of JD(U).
The meeting is seen as part of Kumar’s efforts to bring together all non-NDA parties to defeat the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The Bihar CM, who cut ties with the BJP last year and vowed to beat in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, has toured many places and met political leaders of different hues as part of his “opposition unity drive”.
Kumar summoned Odisha Chief Minister and BJD leader Naveen Patnaik at his residence in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday and held a talk with him for more than an hour. He also recently held talks with West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav.
Kumar and Yadav had met Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in Delhi in April in the presence of Rahul Gandhi and pledged to bring all opposition parties together for a united front against the BJP. The JD(U) leader also held meetings with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar , Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury among others. ruling NDA at the Center.