Ex-Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy meets Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Delhi
BENGALURU: Former Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Monday met Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in New Delhi.
While the two leaders are learned to have discussed political issues in the backdrop of the Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal forming a coalition government led by Kumar in Bihar, the meeting has triggered speculations about the possible efforts of reuniting the splintered groups of the Janata Parivar.
“There is a discussion going on at the national level about the necessity of reunification of the splintered parties of the original Janata Party led by Jayaprapakash Narayan. This gained traction after the JD(U)-RJD formed the government in Bihar. Today’s meeting with Nitish Kumar is a preliminary step towards it and we need to see how it goes,” said Kumaraswamy, after the meeting.
Before meeting Kumaraswamy, Kumar met Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. Replying to a question about the possibility of joining an anti-BJP coalition along with Congress, Kumaraswamy said,” When we formed the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka in 2018, leaders of some 24 parties attended my swearing-in ceremony with an intention to the such alliance, but we could not succeed then. Now, the latest developments in Bihar have renewed the effort. But, it is still in the preliminary stage.”