Nitish Kumar on Opposition: Must move beyond reactive narrative, not PM face for 2019

Nitish Kumar: "I am not interested in being the face of the Opposition in the 2019 elections... I don't have the capability," he said, speaking to the media.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 1:42 pm
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Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Monday said “an alternative narrative” was the need of the hour for the Opposition as a mere “reactive narrative” was not helping them in countering the government. Kumar also said that he was not in the race to be the leader of the Opposition in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“I have said earlier also that I am not the PM face of opposition in 2019, neither am I eligible,” he said, speaking to the media.

On being asked about him skipping the midnight GST launch event, Kumar said there was no question of attending or not attending it as he was not invited.

On Opposition unity, the JD(U) leader said: “Coalition is not the only thing, we need to set alternative agenda and set it before the people… Congress is the largest party, it needs to step up and provide an agenda.”

On Sunday, Nitish blamed the Congress for the “current mess” the Opposition finds itself in. Speaking at the state executive meeting of his party, Nitish said, “The idea of a Sangh-mukt Bharat cannot fructify without taking all opposition parties into confidence. The Congress alone is to blame for the current mess in the Opposition fold…”

When asked about the differences between his party and Lalu Prasad’s RJD in regard to the presidential polls, the chief minister said he was committed to the Grand Alliance “till the last moments”. on the RJD’s anti-BJP rally in August, he said he would “surely go” if invited.

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  1. J
    Jul 4, 2017 at 2:45 am
    Nitish Kumar is on RSS payroll and is episode two of Anna Hazare who is now fully exposed as RSS agent and will start Dharna and upvas if UPA comes to power. Nitish want BJP to stay in power even after 2019 Elections, this way he can remain CM of Bihar after joining BJP before 2019 Elections.
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      Sanjay Srivastva
      Jul 4, 2017 at 2:40 am
      Opposition without Nitish Kumar will be far more stronger. Though not Official Nitish has Joined NDA Secretly like Kapil Misra of AAP and Nitish may give a big shock to opposition before 2019 Election if he was not asked to openly join BJP. Demonetisation, Triple Talaq, Mob Lynchings, Atrocities on Dalits, GST, Kovind as President, Nitish Kumar Supports all this and he do not attend opposition meeting but always prsent in meetings with Modi.
      1. M
        Jul 4, 2017 at 2:22 am
        What Modi thinks today, the "hop-position" may be, just may be, will think after few life times, if they are lucky and accumulate some good karma! Never mind!
        1. Gopalkrishnan Nair
          Jul 3, 2017 at 8:54 pm
          This guy can not be trusted. He is stooge like Anna, Baba, shri shri shri etc. A torjan horse sent to drdtroy the opposition. The first tatget will be Lalu yadav, then congress, left etc. George Fernandez did the same for RSS a decade back. Look at his fate. Samething awaits Mr. Kumar too. The cunning masters will use hom and throw him in the dust bin. Good luck Mr. Kumar.
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            KS Raman
            Jul 4, 2017 at 12:00 am
            The fate of George Fernandez. What you are hinting at?
            1. M
              Jul 4, 2017 at 12:30 am
              Just like AB Vajpayee, he is a vegetable. He doesn't know his own iden y.
          2. T
            Jul 3, 2017 at 8:46 pm
            Nitish has proven that he runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds !!!
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