Home / News / India /  Lalu Prasad meets Sonia Gandhi, says next meeting after Congress prez polls

Following the meeting with Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United chief Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on 25 September met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence to discuss the agenda other than 'opposition unity'.

However, citing the ongoing party president's election, Sonia Gandhi requested Lalu Prasad Yadav to meet her after 10-12 days. 

Addressing media after the meeting, Lalu Yadav said, “We need to remove the BJP and have to save the country. For that, we all have to come together in the way we removed BJP in Bihar. We have had talks with Sonia Gandhi. She asked us to meet again after 10-12 days once Congress party gets a new president."

Both Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad met meet Sonia Gandhi at 6 pm in Delhi and held discussions on various topics including strengthening the the Opposition for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024.

Kumar said, “We both held talks with Sonia Gandhi. We have to unite together and work for the country's progress. They have their party president elections after which she will speak."

Also, sources claim that the RJD chief may sought assurance from Congress interim president in the 'unity of the opposition to agree for compromises'.

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Among other details pouring out, Lalu Yadav and Kumar may have sought Gandhi for the right to approach the Opposition camp by meeting the leaders of regional parties who are politically distant from Congress to join the alliance.

RJD and JDU – who joined alliance to form government in Bihar – are mulling to approach Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, Yuvajana Sramika Rythu (YSR) Congress Party in Andhra Pradesh, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana, Left in Kerala, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP), Odisha's Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the National Conference (NC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

It may be a big blow to Congress as it it would land in a compromising situation if if Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar get the "huge Right of Coordination" for bringing leaders to the opposition camp.

This is the first meeting between the three parties in more than five years and if the meeting ends on a successful note, the campaign to unify the Opposition will speed up manifold.

With PTI inputs.

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