Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Thursday claimed that the BJP is scared of contesting the 2024 Lok Sabha elections as it may face a united opposition in the polls. Tejashwi said this while answering a question about the statements of some BJP leaders. Some BJP leaders have tried to present the conference of opposition parties held in Patna on 23rd June in a low light. Prominent leaders from Congress to TMC are expected to participate in this conference.
‘BJP will not decide whether…’
Tejashwi said, ‘BJP will not decide what will be the effect of the opposition conference. In fact, they are scared of facing the Lok Sabha elections. It has recently lost assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. It is seeing defeat one after the other in states like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Haryana.’ Bihar Chief Minister and JDU supremo Nitish Kumar to contest the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections have been favoring ‘united opposition’. He had severed ties with the BJP last year.
‘We have not spoken to KCR’
Tejashwi Yadav and JDU national president Rajeev Ranjan Singh ‘Lallan’ had announced on Wednesday that a convention of opposition parties would be held on June 23 in which various leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Sitaram Yechury have agreed to participate. Tejashwi said that ‘around 15 political parties’ would be represented in the June 23 meeting.
However, when asked about Bharat Rashtra Samithi founder and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, he said, “We have not spoken to him so far.”
KCR came to Patna only last year
Shortly after Nitish came out of NDA last year, Rao had come to Patna and he had stamped Nitish Kumar’s advocacy of national unity. However, it is highly unlikely that the Chief Minister of Telangana will be a part of any such coalition in which Congress will be there. The Congress is the main opposition party in Telangana and KCR would not want it to be a challenger in the long run. Recently, the BRS has given ample indication that instead of being a part of a ‘united opposition’, it will follow the ‘Telangana model’.
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