Nitish’s sole motive ‘uniting opposition parties’

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Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday rejected all speculation about his candidacy in Lok Sabha polls of the Phulpur constituency, saying his interest lies solely in uniting opposition parties. He also claimed that his efforts for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections should bring benefits to the younger generation of people like Tejashwi Yadav.

When asked about his plan to participate in the Lok Sabha contest from Uttar Pradesh, the prime minister here said to media people: “There is no such basis for such talks and speculations. I am only interested in uniting opposition parties before 2024 Lok Sabha Elections.”

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“I don’t want anything for myself. Whatever I do, it’s all for the younger generation… for people like Tejashwi Yadav,” he added as quoted by PTI news agency.

Speculation about Kumar monitoring the Phulpur seat became rife after JD(U) National President Rajiv Ranjan Singh, alias Lalan Singh, said on Saturday that party workers and leaders in three constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, most notably Phulpur, want the Bihar CM Lok to contest polls from Sabha.

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The JD(U) chief had also said that working with Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi party, Nitish could defeat the formidable BJP in neighboring Uttar Pradesh. Lalan Singh had claimed that the BJP could be bundled together with its ally Apna Dal for less than $20 if Nitish and Akhilesh come together.

Bihar CM was further asked if he would attend the opposition leaders’ meeting in Haryana on September 25 this year. “I will definitely attend the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) public meeting in Haryana on September 25. RJD leader and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav will also join me,” he replied.

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Sharad Pawar, Head of Nationalist Congress Party, Chairman of National Conference Farooq Abdullah, Shiromani Akali Dal Patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, Party Chairman of Samajwadi, Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav are also expected to attend INLD’s Haryana meeting .

(with PTI inputs)

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