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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar with Congress President Sonia Gandhi. (IANS File)
“I want to inform my associates within the Congress that the Yatra went very nicely. However they have to not cease at that”, mentioned Kumar, turning in direction of former Union minister and senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid at a perform
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday mentioned the Congress should not relaxation on its laurels and make use of the momentum gained throughout Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in forging a coalition of events against the BJP.
The JD(U) chief asserted that such a formation should take form “on the earliest” (jaldi se jaldi) in order that the BJP, which has a brute majority within the Lok Sabha with greater than 300 seats, may very well be bundled out for “lower than 100″ within the normal elections subsequent 12 months.
“I want to inform my associates within the Congress that the Yatra went very nicely. However they have to not cease at that”, mentioned Kumar, turning in direction of former Union minister and senior Congress chief Salman Khurshid at a perform right here.
The event was an “All India Congress” organized by CPI(ML) Liberation, which helps the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ authorities within the state from exterior, on the theme “save democracy, save structure, drive out Fascism”.
Kumar insisted that his exit from the NDA final 12 months had introduced the curtains down on the BJP’s makes an attempt to develop its footprints within the state “however we have to obtain one thing comparable on the nationwide degree”.
Sustaining that he had no ambitions for himself, the longest serving CM, now 71 years previous, mentioned “if my recommendation is heeded, it can profit the nation” in addition to events going through the warmth of the BJP’s close to hegemonic standing.
The chief minister, who kept away from mentioning the BJP and its leaders by title in his trademark model, mentioned the Lok Sabha polls have been a possibility for ‘in logon se mukti’ (liberation from these folks).
He additionally expressed concern over rising communal tensions within the nation, the place “Hindus and Muslims had lived in peace regardless of the blood-soaked legacy of Partition”.
In an obvious dig on the RSS, the BJP’s dad or mum physique, he remarked “those that had performed no position within the wrestle for Independence are actually making an attempt to rewrite historical past”.
He additionally made an oblique reference to allegations of the Narendra Modi authorities’s makes an attempt to stamp out dissent by unleashing central investigating companies in opposition to whistleblowers.
“Jo koi bhi kahta hai kuchh gadbad hai, uske saath kya hota hai (simply take a look at what occurs to those that level out something that’s fallacious)”, mentioned the JD(U) supremo, whose willingness to play a “nationwide position” has fuelled a lot speculations, although he himself has detested his cadre’s penchant for elevating “Nitish for PM” slogans.
Kumar additionally recalled his visits to Delhi shortly after becoming a member of ‘Mahagathbandhan’ when he met political leaders as different as Rahul Gandhi, CPI(M) secretary normal Sitaram Yechury and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Apart from Kumar and Khurshid, those that spoke on the perform included Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, who belongs to RJD, and CPI(ML) Liberation’s secretary normal Dipankar.
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