Source: News Bharati English21 Apr 2017 11:22:12

Patna, April 21: Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief, Nitish Kumar in a meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi yesterday, called for calls for opposition unity to take on BJP to take on the BJP-led NDA. Also Bihar chief Minister appeals to joint opposition candidate for the election to the President's post.

Party spokesperson KC Tyagi said, there should be a joint opposition candidate for the top Constitutional post and Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest opposition party should take the lead. Tyagi said, Nitish Kumar has already taken up the matter with leaders of the Left parties. He said, Kumar has been calling for forging an alliance of secular parties at the national level on the lines of the 2015 electoral grand alliance or Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

Another senior JD(U) leader said Kumar's visit to Gandhi's residence was a courtesy call as the Congress is the party's ally in Bihar and also because Gandhi had been ill for some time. "He did speak about the need for unity among opposition parties," he added.

The Congress is a partner in the Bihar government with Kumar's JD-U and Lalu Prasad's RJD, after the three parties contested and won the assembly elections as part of the grand alliance. Earlier, Bihar Chief Minister said that to defeat the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, a A “Mahagathbandhan” (Grand Alliance) of non-BJP parties is needed at the national level. Talking to media in the state capital, Kumar said that a “Mahagathbandhan” would prove successful in the next parliamentary polls.

“The Grand Alliance of JD-U, RJD and Congress proved successful in Bihar assembly polls in 2015 when it defeated the BJP-led NDA. The only answer is a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ of non-BJP parties at the national level now,” he said.