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 1:42:05 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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