With BJP continuing its winning streak, opposition parties are opening up to the idea of launching a new front that could take on the BJP-led NDA. In this context, Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) chief Nitish Kumar today held discussions with Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Sources said that Kumar talked about the need for a united opposition to take on the might of BJP. Kumar is also said to have talked about finalizing a candidate for the President’s post and requested Gandhi and his party to take the lead in the matter. However, JD (U) spokesperson K C Tyagi said that presidential election talks were not the agenda of the meeting between Nitish Kumar and Sonia Gandhi.
A senior JD (U) leader said that the meeting was just a courtesy call, although the need for a united opposition was discussed during the meeting. He said that the visit was primarily because Sonia Gandhi has been ill for some time and also because Congress is an ally in Bihar government. Nitish Kumar is among the top leaders in the country who has been championing the cause of a new front to take on the NDA. Already meetings are being held, but no concrete structure has emerged, largely due to distinct ideologies of various political parties. However, efforts are underway to forge an alliance based on the common agenda of secularism.