On Wednesday evening, Harish Rawat, a former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand and a member of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), had a meeting with the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar. This meeting is seen as having a lot of political significance as Nitish is attempting to join forces with non-BJP groups in order to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
After the meeting with the Bihar CM at his official residence, Rawat took to social media to share the information. He tweeted, “2024 me vipaksh ke Ekta ki Buland aawaz Shri Nitish Kumar (Shri Nitish Kumar, the strong voice of opposition unity in 2024”.
Few sources indicated that Rawat’s meeting with Nitish Kumar carries particular importance, given his close ties to the Gandhi family. It is speculated that Rawat may have been sent to Patna on a “special mission” by the party’s high command.
Rawat admitted he had a political discussion with the Bihar Chief minister during their meeting, but he declined to reveal the details. “We are not angels. When politicians get together, it’s natural for them to talk about political issues,” he told a news outlet. Rawat praised Nitish’s accomplishments, noting that he had gone to Patna to recognize his achievements. Sources reported that the two were together for about 10 minutes.
The fact that no Congress leader had knowledge of his visit to Patna and no party member was present with him at the CM House serves to emphasize the secrecy of the meeting.
“I had no information about his visit to Patna. It appears he arrived here on a mission to strengthen opposition unity as ousting the Modi government is the first priority of the opposition,” Congress legislature party leader in the state assembly, Ajit Sharma, said.
Rawat stayed aloof from the Iftar gathering held by the party at Sadaqat Ashram on Wednesday, deepening the enigma surrounding his visit.
Rajib Ranjan, the national general secretary of JD(U), described their meeting as “just a courtesy visit”.
Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar, recently visited Delhi to discuss opposition unity. He held talks with several senior opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal. Two Left leaders, including Sitaram Yechury and D Raja, were also present during the meet.
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