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Opposition parties: ‘No desire to become convener’: Nitish Kumar rejects speculation he is unhappy with opposition caucus | indian news

PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday dismissed the BJP’s allegation that he skipped the joint press conference of the opposition parties‘ in Bangalore on Tuesday after being unhappy at not being named its convener.
“I have no desire to become the summoner. I am doing other work to unite all the opposition parties so that actions can be taken in the interest of the country. I have no personal wishes.”nitish he said while answering questions from the media shortly after inaugurating the famous ‘Malmas Mela’ at Rajgir in Nalanda district.
Shortly after the Bangalore meeting attended by 26 parties from across the country, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Sushil Modi claimed on Tuesday that Nitish returned to Patna without attending the joint press conference because he was ” upset” at not being named meeting coordinator. The alliance. Nitish said BJP leaders were talking “nonsense” about him missing the joint press conference. “I skipped the press conference and came right back after the meeting because I want to reach Rajgir on the same day. Since I had finished my work there (at the meeting), I left the place after informing all concerned. It was not necessary to stay for the press conference, ”he said.
The CM also dismissed the BJP’s charge that it was not happy with the acronym ‘INDIA’ for the alliance of opposition parties. “Everything in the meeting was decided with the consent of the 26 opposition parties. Now there is no problem in any issue. I have given my suggestions. … The meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere,” Nitish said as he dismissed the BJP accusation.

When his attention turned to the statement of some BJP leaders, especially his former Deputy Prime Minister Sushil Modi, Nitish asked: “Did (Sushil Modi) go to the Bangalore meeting? How did he know all this? That’s why I say they (BJP people) keep talking nonsense.”
Hitting the NDA meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday, Nitish asked: “Did he (PM Modi) ever call the NDA meeting? They called the NDA meeting just because we held the combined meeting of the opposition parties.”
The Bihar CM also pointed out that the NDA was formed during the time of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. The NDA meeting used to be held during the time of Atal Ji. But then, they never called the NDA meeting (in the Modi regime).
Nitish also mocked the BJP for inviting “one and all” to increase the number of parties at the NDA meeting. “Only known parties were invited to the opposition conclave, while at the NDA meeting they invited even those who were expelled from the JD(U),” Nitish said, referring to the founder of HAM(S) and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi.

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