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I’m Not A Claimant, Don’t Even Desire It: Nitish Kumar On PM Candidature

Kumar, once again in Delhi, called for opposition unity and ruled out harbouring prime ministerial aspirations.

Nitish Kumar Sitaram Yechury
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meets CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury in Delhi. (Image: Twitter/ @cpimspeak)

New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday met CPM leader Sitaram Yechury at his office in Delhi. Nitish Kumar denied speculation on his Prime Ministerial candidature saying, “I am not even a claimant, I don’t even desire it.”

“We are together, that is why I am coming here,” said Kumar on meeting CPM leader Yechury. “If different parties come together it will be a huge thing.”

While addressing the media today, Nitish Kumar said, “We have discussed that if the Left parties, regional parties in different states, and Congress come together then it will be a huge thing.”

Earlier, Nitish Kumar met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the national capital and discussed the strategy for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha polls and the possibility of bringing likeminded parties together.

According to Congress sources, Kumar, who met Gandhi for the first time since his reunification with the Mahagathbandhan, of which Congress is a part in Bihar, expressed gratitude to the Wayanad MP for his party’s support to his government.

The sources also said that both the parties will continue their “concrete discussions” in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

The Bihar Chief Minister also met former Karnataka CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy during his visit to Delhi.

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The meeting comes amid the buzz that Kumar is attempting to project himself as the prime ministerial candidate in 2024. However, he cleared the air on the matter.

Kumar, once again in Delhi, called for opposition unity and ruled out harbouring prime ministerial aspirations.

“If the opposition will get united, then a good atmosphere will be created. I have no desire and no aspiration (to become prime minister),” the Bihar CM told the media.

The meeting of Kumar with opposition leaders comes days after Telangana Chief Minister KC Rao visited Bihar and held discussions on the political scenario in the country.

However, during KCR’s one-day visit, he avoided giving a direct response to a question about whether Nitish Kumar will run as the opposition’s candidate for Prime Minister, saying that the opposition parties would meet and make that decision.

While talking to the media during his visit to Bihar, KCR was asked whether Bihar CM Nitish Kumar will be the next PM candidate for the opposition.