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Opposition needs alternative narratives to fight BJP: Nitish Kumar

Opposition needs alternative narratives to fight BJP: Nitish Kumar

Singhvi's comments came after Kumar said in Patna that the Opposition need to have an alternative agenda and not a reactive one.

The Congress should start work on an agenda only after the approval from other opposition parties, he said.

He added that Congress is a big party and should set an alternative agenda and narrative.

Political events around the upcoming Presidential poll issue pushed the farmers' issue far back.

Nitish Kumar who has been facing sharp criticism from coalition partners for destroying the Opposition's unity by supporting Ram Nath Kovind said, "The Congress has lost moral right to teach lessons as they were the first to abandon Gandhi- Nehru ideology". The relations between the two are already strained after the Bihar chief minister made a decision to back the BJP candidate in this month's presidential election. "The Congress president had very categorically said a few days ago that in the end, these are decision taken entirely by any individual party, and that decision is of that party alone", said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi. He said that they had a good track record and promises for the future.

Although widely considered by JD (U) leaders and workers as the prime ministerial candidate of a likely alliance of non-NDA parties, Nitish Kumar denied yet again that he is in the race. "People in Bihar are laughing at us, that despite being the second largest party in Parliament, we are being bullied by the Chief Minister", said a senior leader from the state.

"We got bogged down speaking against each other on the issue of the presidential candidate and lost the momentum on a more burning issues like farmer problems, triggering a spate of suicides in different parts of the country", Kumar said.

"I have said earlier also that I am not the PM face of opposition in 2019, neither am I eligible", Nitish said.

The chief minister elaborated that by setting an alternative narrative in the 2015 Bihar elections, the grand alliance comprising his Janata Dal (United), or JD (U), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress had been able to upstage the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Kumar also refused to disown his remarks slamming the Congress as the weakest link in the opposition.

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