Opposition unity: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today

Opposition unity: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today

The meeting will come close on the heels of Nitish Kumar's visit to the national capital to meet Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge and former MP Rahul Gandhi.

ANIUpdated: Monday, April 24, 2023, 08:19 AM IST
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Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee | Twitter

Kolkata: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has taken upon himself the task of uniting Opposition forces against the BJP-led government at the Centre, will call on his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on Monday.

The meeting will come close on the heels of his visit to the national capital to meet Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge and former MP Rahul Gandhi. The meeting was seen as the major step to laying the groundwork for a grand Opposition alliance ahead of next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi hails historic step towards opposition unity after meeting Nitish Kumar

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Rahul said it was a "historic step" towards Opposition unity and for an "ideological fight".

Rahul, who posted a picture of himself with Kharge and JDU and RJD leaders, said they are "standing together, will fight together for India".

"In this battle of ideology, a historic step has been taken today towards Opposition unity. (We are) standing together, will fight together - for India!" Rahul Gandhi had said in a tweet after the meeting Nitish Kumar.

Bihar Deputy CM and JDU president present at the meeting with Rahul Gandhi

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and Janata Dal-United president Rajiv Ranjan (Lalan) Singh was also present at the meeting held at Kharge's residence.

Mamata Banerjee meets Samajwadi Party chief ahead of 2024 polls

CM Mamata Banerjee is also leaving no stone unturned in closing in ranks with other parties ahead of the 2024 polls, as she met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Kolkata last month.

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