RJD poster in Patna depicts Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as 2024 PM candidate
A poster depicting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as the united opposition’s Prime Minister candidate for next year’s Lok Sabha elections was seen pasted outside the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Patna office on Sunday.
According to reports, the poster, which was put by RJD women’s wing general secretary in Bihar, Poonam Rai, showed Nitish Kumar sitting in the Prime Minister’s chair while being surrounded by top leaders of the allied opposition, including Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Tamil Nadu CM Stalin, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, former Congress scion Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.
Nitish Kumar has repeatedly asserted that he wasn’t keen on becoming the Prime Minister, however, his ally party RJD clearly sees the JD(U) leader as one of top candidates to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP juggernaut in the 2024 General Elections.
Reports said the poster was later pulled down to avoid any controversy.
Kumar is viewed as one of the pillars of the Opposition’s united front to wrest power from the BJP in next year’s polls.
On Friday, the Bihar CM, while addressing party workers in Patna said that he will not hold talks with non-BJP parties and will go on a visit across the country in an attempt to build and strengthen opposition unity ahead of the 2024 elections.
The JD(U) chief in a scathing attack on the BJO said that those who vote for the saffron party in next year’s Lok Sabha polls will bring ‘destruction’ onto themselves.
At the party meeting, Nitish Kumar once again reiterated that although he was working tirelessly to forge opposition unity, he isn’t a claimant to the prime minister’s post.