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“Undeclared Emergency”: Nitish Kumar Calls For Oppn Unity, Says People Need Alternative To BJP

Kumar, whom the JDU national executive authorised to work for the Opposition unity, said his only goal was to bring the parties together for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during Janata Dal (United) ‘National Executive Meeting’ at Karpoori Auditorium, in Patna on Saturday, September 3, 2022. (ANI Photo)

Patna: In renewed call for Opposition unity, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday asked the parties and leaders to sort out their differences and join forces against BJP. The JDU leader appealed to the national and regional parties to come together to build an “alternative” people need in place of the current regime.

The Janata Dal (United), which held a meeting of its national executive in Patna on Saturday, held that there is an “undeclared emergency” in the country under the BJP-led NDA. The party alleged that the current government is “trying to silence” opposition voices by “misusing” probe agencies.

Kumar, whom the party authorised to work for the Opposition unity, said his only goal was to bring the parties together for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024. The JDU national executive meeting passed a resolution to this effect.

In the resolution passed today, JDU alleged that the BJP government at the Centre is muzzling voices by labelling the democratic right of dissent as “treason”.

The resolution said the country is looking for an alternative to the BJP and asked all opposition parties to sink their differences and unite.

It also accused the BJP of stoking “communal frenzy” in the country. “Minorities are being targeted. Intolerance and extremism have increased in society. Dalits and tribals are being harassed.”

The party also slammed the ruling BJP for what it called were its authoritarian tendencies and hit out at the ruling party for “destabilising” non-BJP governments in several states including in Delhi and Jharkhand. Two resolutions were passed in the meeting.

Earlier in the day, the JDU supremo alleged the hand of external forces behind six MLAs in Manipur quitting the party. In an apparent reference to BJP, which leads the coalition government in Manipur, Kumar said, “They’re breaking away the MLAs from the parties. Is it proper? Is it constitutional? Is it in line with established norms? They are doing so everywhere. Hence all parties must unite in 2024 for a positive mandate.”

Kumar, who broke away from the BJP-led NDA alliance in Bihar last month, said the six JDU MLAs in Manipur had assured of their support then. “When we parted ways from NDA, all our six Manipur MLAs came and met us and assured us they were with JDU. We need to think about what’s going on,” he said.

“When we were in NDA, they (BJP) gave our MLAs nothing. Now they have been won over,” said Kumar, in what appeared to be a reference to horse trading.