Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav met with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday (12 April).
In spite of that meeting to further opposition unity, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders rejected the possibility of an opposition alliance in the forthcoming 2024 Lok Sabha election, citing the failure of prior attempts in the 2014 and 2019 elections.
Amit Malviya of the BJP shared a picture of Kumar greeting Gandhi, with a snarky remark, "Aur na jaane kis kis ke saamne jhukenge Nitish Kumar (Wonder in front of how many people Nitish Kumar will bow)."
"A futile bunch which reminds me of the Kauravas from Mahabharata 😃 Good try @INCIndia but you already know who the victor is !" Khushbu Sundar of the BJP wrote on Twitter.
Minister Anurag Thakur called the coalition a "thugbandhan" of corrupt parties.
Kharge announced an alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha election and assembly elections in a joint press meet.
Gandhi described the meeting as historic and expressed confidence in the parties' united fight against the BJP.
Kumar and Yadav met Arvind Kejriwal after the Congress meeting. Kejriwal expressed his support for Kumar's initiative to unite all parties.
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