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Why not a grand alliance to check BJP juggernaut: Nitish

Press Trust of India Patna | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on April 03, 2017

The challenger? Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses the mediain Patna, on Monday RANJEET KUMAR

Bihar CM asks Cong to take the lead to unite Opposition

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday called for a grand alliance of Opposition parties at the national level to stop the surge of the BJP and urged the Congress and Left parties to take initiative for this.



“The BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh was mainly because of lack of a Bihar-like ‘mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance) there...If you add the vote percentage of the Samajwadi Party, the Congress and the BSP, it is 10 per cent more than the votes polled by the BJP,” he told mediapersons here.



Kumar, who is also the JD(U) National President, said: “A Bihar-like grand alliance is the solution to check the surge of the BJP and for this, the Congress and the Left parties should take the initiative.”



“A ‘mahagatbandhan’ like this at the national level will be ‘maha safal’ (a grand success),” he claimed.



Kumar, the architect of the Bihar grand alliance comprising the JD(U), its once arch-rival the RJD, and the Congress, said: “Being a bigger party, it is the Congress’ responsibility to take the initiative of bringing all major non-BJP parties on one platform.”



“I had talks with some Left leaders in this connection and I wish they take an initiative to this effect to throw the BJP-led NDA out of power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls,” he said after his weekly ‘Lok Samvad’ (public interaction) programme.





‘Needless euphoria’



Reacting to the outcome of elections in the five States recently, the Bihar Chief Minister said the BJP was “unnecessarily” jubilating on the outcome of the polls as the results were mixed.



“The Congress emerged victorious in Punjab and as the single-largest party in two places (Goa and Manipur). So it is wrong to read that the results are tilted towards the BJP. They (BJP) managed to form government in Goa and Manipur by ‘jor-tor’ (cobbling up numbers),” he said.



On the JD(U), the RJD, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party separately contesting the Delhi civic polls, slated to be held on April 23, Kumar said it is a local body election in which every party has the right to field its candidates.











Published on April 03, 2017
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