The two high 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. But 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 therapy.
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. In the approaching weeks, the ailing chief who’s out on bail, will likely be going to Singapore for a kidney transplant.
While sources indicated that this will likely be a courtesy go to, there’s additionally an opportunity of some severe topics being canvassed, together with taking the Grand Alliance to a nationwide stage.
That chance is being explored by the leaders in Bihar, particularly with Mr Kumar engaged on knitting the opposition right into a cohesive entrance towards 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 contest, initially anticipated to be between Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, could develop into multi-cornered, with a number of leaders together with Manish Tewari and Digvijaya Singh expressing curiosity.
During his final go to to Delhi, Mr Kumar met with most key opposition leaders. The checklist included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Nationalist Congress chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Left leaders.