At a time when JD(U) is trying to stitch together a grand alliance of non-BJP parties at the national level, the swearing-in ceremony of Nitish Kumar on November 20 is expected to provide first indications of such a formation.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and NCP chief Sharad Pawar have confirmed that they will attend the function at Patna’s Gandhi Maidan. Invitations have been sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, CMs of Congress-ruled states and other top leaders. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, a BJP ally, has also been invited.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and his son and former J&K CM Omar Abdullah have also been invited.
“Just received a call from @Nitish Kumar ji inviting me to Patna on the 20th for the oath taking ceremony. I look forward to being there,” Omar tweeted.
Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik was also invited. He has wished Nitish good luck, while expressing his inability to come. Invitation has also been sent to All India United Democratic Front leader and MP Badruddin Ajmal.
Patna Sahib BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is the only BJP MP to be invited. It was learnt that JD (U) wanted to invite BJP patriarch L K Advani, but decided against it due to objection from RJD and Congress. Sources said Nitish called Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray Monday and invited him. While Thackeray is not expected to come, Sena ministers Subhash Desai and Ramdas Kadam might be present.
Asked if JD (U) is looking at a grand alliance at the national level, party spokesperson K C Tyagi said “Yes, we are trying to rope in like-minded people. We have Assam and West Bengal polls in mind.”-With ENS Mumbai, PTI
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