'Grand Alliance' of non-BJP parties is need of hour: JD (U)

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], April. 4 (ANI): Hailing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's suggestion that a 'Grand Alliance' of non-BJP parties is needed to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) on Tuesday asserted that such a coalition is the crying need of the hour. Speaking to ANI here, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said, "I agree with Nitish Kumar's suggestion. They way the Opposition parties are scattered, it has benefitted BJP party. It is the crying need of the hour that the Opposition should unite together to defeat Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led-BJP party." Resonating similar views, JD (U) member of the Rajya Sabha Pawan Verma said that the 'Mahagathbandhan' of non-BJP parties at the national level can be an effective challenge to the BJP. "It is important to remember that Nitish Kumar said this before the 2017 Uttar Pradesh elections that if the opposition parties can come together on a basis of a credible narrative with an alternative agenda and vision for our country. This will be the effective challenge to the BJP," Verma said Varma further stated that Nitish Kumar repeated his statement this time in particular to the Congress party which is the largest opposition party, so that they take their first step in this direction. "The question of leadership within the opposition parties will be resolved once you they have a credible alternative vision to present," he added. Earlier on Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that a grand alliance of opposition parties, similar to that in Bihar on the national level could stop the dominance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "As the grand-alliance was successful here, if it is emulated on the national level, it could achieve grand success," Kumar said. The Janata Dal United (JDU) leader said that he held talks with other Left leaders and the Congress in this regard and asked them to take an initiative to throw the BJP-led NDA alliance out of power. Kumar further said that being the oldest party, the Congress should take the responsibility of brining all other opposition parties on the same platform. The architect of grand alliance in Bihar said that there is no dearth of leaders for the post of Prime Minister. (ANI)