Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav meet Sonia Gandhi; RJD chief underlines need 'to remove BJP for saving country'

It is pertinent to mention that it was the first meeting between the three parties in more than five years.

ANIUpdated: Sunday, September 25, 2022, 07:48 PM IST
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Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad Yadav meet Sonia Gandhi; RJD chief underlines need 'to remove BJP for saving country' | ANI

After backing Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United chief Nitish Kumar's prime ministerial ambitions, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Yadav along with Nitish met Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi in the national capital on Sunday to discuss the agenda other than 'opposition unity'.

After the meeting, Nitish Kumar said, "We both held talks with Sonia Gandhi. We have to unite together and work for the country's progress. They have their party president elections after which she will speak."

While Lalu said, "We need to remove the BJP and have to save the country. For that, we all have to come together in the way we removed BJP in Bihar. We have had talks with Sonia Gandhi. She asked us to meet again after 10-12 days once Congress party gets a new president."

As per the sources, JDU and RJD chiefs 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), Odisha's Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Interestingly, Congress would be compromising if Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar get the "huge Right of Coordination" for bringing leaders to the opposition camp.

The campaign to unify the Opposition will speed up manifold if today's meeting of Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar with Sonia Gandhi succeeds.

It is pertinent to mention that it was the first meeting between the three parties in more than five years.

Both the leaders are in Delhi to attend a rally to be held in Fatehabad district in Haryana on the birth anniversary of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) founder late Devi Lal with INLD leader OP Chautala.

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