Nitish meets Sonia to unite opposition for Presidential polls

Barely a day before Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had called on the Congress president in New Delhi and discussed certain issues. "Sonia Gandhi being the leader of the largest opposition party should take the lead", said KC Tyagi of Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United).

JD (U) general secretary K C Tyagi refused to divulge much regarding the Nitish-Sonia meeting, saying that he was not present, but reiterated the party's stand that it strongly favours that Opposition parties put up a common Presidential nominee to contest against NDA's candidate.

Earlier on Thursday, Bihar Chief Minister Nititsh Kumar met Congress Chief Sonal Gandhi and also issued an appeal to the opposition parties to field a common candidate for the presendential elections in July. Before the 2019 polls, the Opposition strength will be tested during Presidential polls this July. The meeting assumes significance at a time of when the buzz around a grand alliance against the BJP is growing stronger.

Sources said the meeting between Nitish and Sonia took place on the invitation of the Congress president.

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"There is an urgent need to bring all non-BJP parties under one big tent if we wish to get rid of the communal Modi government at the Center".

Kumar has been calling for a grand alliance of "secular" parties at the national level on the lines of the 2015 electoral alliance or "Mahagathbandhan" in Bihar to take on the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Top leaders of the CPI (M) and CPI met here today to discuss the possibility of "like-minded" opposition parties fielding a common candidate for the presidential poll. The Left has also been in touch with other leaders like Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party and Lalu Yadav.

The Bihar CM first met INLD chied Om Prakash Chautala in the morning later he drove 10 Janpath to meet Sonia's residence although there was no official confirmation over on the on any names to be upheld for the presidential election. She also slammed the BJP for indulging in "divisive" politics.