Future of ‘Third Front’ Appears Bleak as KCR Gives Cold Shoulder to Nitish, RJD

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Edited By: Pathikrit Sen Gupta

Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 20:10 IST

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (File pic: ANI)

Telangana CM Okay Chandrashekar Rao with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (File pic: ANI)

Nitish Kumar had damaged away from the NDA, intending to dislodge Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities on the Centre. However, analysts say he has not been given due significance both by KCR, or Rahul Gandhi, who’s on the Bharat Jodo Yatra

The political initiative to create an anti-BJP discussion board could come a cropper within the absence of unity among the many opposition events, analysts say. In a bid to cobble up a 3rd entrance forward of 2024, Telangana chief Minister Okay Chandrashekar Rao held a mega rally in Khammam district with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, and CPI normal secretary D Raja. But outstanding absentees have been Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Tejashwi Yadav.

Grand alliance with out Nitish and Tejashwi?

Nitish Kumar had damaged away from the NDA, intending to dislodge Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities on the Centre. However, he has not been given due significance both by KCR or Rahul Gandhi, who’s on Bharat Jodo Yatra.

As KCR is opening an anti-BJP entrance in Khammam, it has been reliably learnt that JD(U) didn’t get an invitation to take part.

Sources shut to the CMO stated that Nitish Kumar didn’t get the invite to attend the assembly and now what the Bihar chief minister intends to do shall be determined quickly, after the Samadhan Yatra is over.

‘Others are following’

“I had started the idea of forming a front against the NDA. It’s good to see what I had started, others are following it now,” Bihar CM Nitish Kumar told reporters in Buxar.

Not only JD(U), but the Rashtriya Janata Dal also didn’t receive any invitation from KCR, putting the future of a possible third front in danger.

RJD spokesperson Aijaz Ahmed said that his party has not got any invitation from KCR.

Lalu favours Rahul as opposition leader

RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar believe that a third front is not possible if the Congress doesn’t work as the centrifugal force. It was evident after the RJD-JD(U) alliance was cobbled together in Bihar and Lalu had facilitated a meeting with Congress high-ups in Delhi.

Sources close to Lalu revealed that he is inclined to support Congress-led Rahul Gandhi in his bid for prime ministerial race as the Gandhi scion is on a nationwide campaign to resuscitate his party’s image further.

Nitish is leading a coalition government in Bihar, of which RJD is a major constituent, while the Congress is also lending it support.

Nitish to start nationwide yatra after Budget session

Nitish Kumar has also not spelt out clearly whether he is going to join the Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra as the JD(U) leader is already holding his month-long Samadhan Yatra in Bihar and is likely to remain busy with it till the first week of February.

KCR is uncomfortable going with Congress as the parties are rivals in Telangana, hence a larger alliance is untenable.

Bihar assembly opposition leader Vijay Kumar Sinha said that the third front has no future as it is riddled with a lot of internal contradictions. “There is a mad rush for the PM office and there are many claimants (Ek anar, sau bimar),” he said.

Senior Bihar minister Vijay Chaudhary had a sarcastic reaction, saying how could an alliance be possible without them?

“Everyone is trying one’s best but the effort must be carried out honestly. It’s a question of bringing all parties together, if they all come together then only BJP’s juggernaut could be stopped,” he added.

It have to be talked about that in his Bihar go to in September 2022, KCR stopped brief of declaring Nitish Kumar as the opposition’s alternative for the PM publish, leading to an abrupt finish of the assembly between the 2 CMs.

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