The two top leaders of the Bihar Grand Union – Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtria Janata Dal’s Lalu Yadav – will meet on Wednesday, sources said. Meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Sunday evening. This will be their first meeting in more than six years. The two Bihar leaders also want Rahul Gandhi to attend the meeting, sources said. But Mr Gandhi was in Kerala, leading Congress’ Kanyakumari to Kashmir Bharat Chodo Yatra.
Nitish Kumar and Sonia Gandhi met for the last time on Eid al-Fitr ahead of the 2015 Bihar elections.
The Bihar chief minister met Rahul Gandhi during his last visit to Delhi earlier this month. Mrs Gandhi was being treated abroad at the time.
As for Mr Yadav, he was jailed in 2018 for several feed scams before being quarantined due to the pandemic. In the next few weeks, the ailing leader, who is on bail, will travel to Singapore for a kidney transplant.
While sources say it will be a courtesy visit, there is also the potential for investigations into serious topics, including elevating the major leagues to a national level.
Leaders in Bihar are exploring the possibility, especially Mr Kumar’s commitment to weave the opposition into a united front against the BJP ahead of the 2024 general election.
The meeting comes as Congress prepares to elect its next president. The nomination process for the election began on Thursday.
The match was initially expected to be between Shashi Tharoor and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, but the outcome could be multi-cornered, with several leaders including Manish Tewari and Digvijaya Singh expressing interest.
During his last visit to Delhi, Mr Kumar met with most of the main opposition leaders. The list includes Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, National Party Congress Chairman Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav and left-wing leaders.