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Nitish Kumar urges Sonia to take lead in challenging BJP for Presidential candidate

Nitish Kumar urges Sonia to take lead in challenging BJP for Presidential candidate

India Blooms News Service | | 21 Apr 2017, 01:38 pm
New Delhi, Apr 21 (IBNS) : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the Congress president Sonia Gandhi to lead the opposition parties against the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance or NDA in putting up a candidate for the upcoming Presidential elections, NDTV reported.

Kumar made the appeal to the Congress chief during a visit to her  10 Janpath residence in Delhi on Thursday.

The Presidential election is due in July this year.

"JD-U wants that for the presidential polls, Mrs Gandhi should take the lead in fielding a united candidate of the opposition," Janata Dal leader KC Tyagi said after  Kumar's meeting with  Gandhi.

Kumar's Janada Dal-U and Congress are allies in Bihar.

The move is being seen as an attempt to extend the alliance to the national level before the 2019 general elections.

NDTV quoted its sources as saying that Nitish Kumar  suggested Sonia Gandhi that, "Instead of reacting to Narendra Modi, we should be setting our own agenda."