Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav in a significant statement told News18 that there could be many conveners for the opposition INDIA bloc. The former Bihar chief minister was visiting his ancestral Phulwaria village in Gopalganj district with wife Rabri Devi after about seven years to meet his extended family.
Lalu said that there could be one convener each for three-four states, who would coordinate on issues related to the alliance. There is a possibility of assigning conveners at the state level also, he added.
The RJD leader’s statements gain importance as Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar was being projected as the possible sole convener of the bloc since he met many non-NDA chief ministers and regional satraps to take the idea of INDIA forward.
Lalu said there is no confusion about the role of Nitish or Tejashwi because “we are fighting a bigger battle than this”.
Nitish Kumar has said on several occasions that he is not in the race to become a convener or prime ministerial candidate but Janata Dal (United) leaders have been calling him a suitable PM pick.
Lalu, who has been a key figure in the making of the INDIA bloc, said the alliance has been formed to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government at the Centre.
The RJD leader has shared a good rapport with the Congress’s Gandhi family for decades and his views are taken seriously within the opposition camp. The former union minister played a big part in bringing Nitish Kumar into the ruling mahagathbandhan in Bihar and making him the chief minister in August 2022.
Lalu’s son Tejashwi Yadav is the unanimous leader after him in the RJD and is serving as Bihar’s deputy chief minister under Nitish.
With inputs from News18