Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, announced on Thursday that he would attend the anti-Bharatiya Janata Party rally being hosted by Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, in Patna on June 23.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Pawar claimed that Kumar had called him on Wednesday to discuss the meeting.
“He has invited key opposition leaders in the country for the meeting, and I will also go. He has given an invitation for this meeting as there is a need to work on national issues together and it is our responsibility to support this cause,” Mr Pawar said.
Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Mamata Banerjee, and other Left-leaning leaders have agreed to meet and devise a plan of attack for the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, according to a press conference held by the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday.
RJD leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav and JD(U) national president Rajiv Ranjan Singh ‘Lalan’ said others who agreed to attend the meeting are Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) group president Uddhav Thackeray.
According to the leaders of all like-minded parties, getting rid of the BJP was the top priority as the nation was experiencing an unrecognised emergency.