The 2 prime leaders of the Grand Alliance in Bihar — Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lalu Yadav — will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Sunday night, sources have stated. This will likely be their first meet in additional than six years. Sources stated the 2 Bihar leaders had additionally hoped that Rahul Gandhi will likely be current for the assembly. However Mr Gandhi is in Kerala, main the Congress’s Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Nitish Kumar and Sonia Gandhi had met final at an Iftaar forward of Bihar elections in 2015.
The Bihar Chief Minister had met Rahul Gandhi throughout his final go to to Delhi earlier this month. Mrs Gandhi was overseas on the time for medical remedy.
As for Mr Yadav, he was jailed in 2018 in a number of fodder rip-off circumstances, after which got here the pandemic-imposed isolation. Within the coming weeks, the ailing chief who’s out on bail, will likely be going to Singapore for a kidney transplant.
Whereas sources indicated that this will likely be a courtesy go to, there may be additionally an opportunity of some critical topics being canvassed, together with taking the Grand Alliance to a nationwide stage.
That risk is being explored by the leaders in Bihar, particularly with Mr Kumar engaged on knitting the opposition right into a cohesive entrance in opposition to the BJP forward of the 2024 nationwide election.
The assembly additionally comes because the Congress is prepping to elect its subsequent president. The nomination course of for the election began on Thursday.
The competition, initially anticipated to be between Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, could change into multi-cornered, with a number of leaders together with Manish Tewari and Digvijaya Singh expressing curiosity.
Throughout his final go to to Delhi, Mr Kumar met with most key opposition leaders. The listing included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Social gathering chief Akhilesh Yadav and Left leaders.