Nitish Kumar To Meet Uddhav Thackeray, Sharad Pawar In Opposition Unity Push


Nitish Kumar is also planning a big meeting of all Opposition Leaders in Delhi on May 18. (File)

Mumbai:

As part of his ongoing efforts to cobble up a grand Opposition alliance against the BJP at the Centre ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha elections, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit Mumbai and hold meetings with senior Opposition leaders.

Nitish Kumar will reach Mumbai on May 11 afternoon and head directly to Matoshree, the residence of Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray in Bandra, where he will hold talks with the former chief minister.

After meeting Uddhav Thackeray, the Bihar Chief Minister will also meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in Silver Oaks, Malabar Hill, Mumbai.

JDU Maharashtra leader Kapil Patil confirmed Bihar Chief Minister’s schedule in Mumbai to ANI.

As part of his efforts to bring the Opposition forces under a single umbrella and ensure a united fight against the BJP in next year’s general elections, Nitish Kumar has already met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, among others.

“He will meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on May 9 and Uddhav Thackeray and Pawar Saheb (Sharad Pawar) on May 11. He is also likely to meet Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar soon for discussions on a united Opposition,” the JDU Maharashtra leader told ANI.

Last week, Kapil Patil and JDU leader and Bihar Legislative Council chairman Devesh Chandra Thakur met Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray and fixed their meetings with the Bihar Chief Minister.

Nitish Kumar is also planning a big meeting of all Opposition Leaders in Delhi on May 18.

Sharad Pawar confirmed this meeting at his press conference during which he announced his decision to withdraw his resignation as NCP patron.

“Devesh Chandra Thakur and Kapil Patil met me to discuss the need for a united Opposition (against the BJP) and they passed me a message that Nitish Kumar is likely to host a meeting of Opposition leaders in Delhi on May 18 and I have been requested to attend it,” Pawar said.

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