After leaders from various political parties met at Mulayam Singh Yadav's residence in New Delhi today, Nitish Kumar in a press conference on Thursday confirmed the formation of an alliance against the government.
"We had discussions on the current political scenario and everyone agreed that we have to work together inside and outside the Parliament," said Nitish Kumar, adding that everyone present at the meeting desired unity between their parties.
JD(U) leaders Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Samajwadi Janata Party chief Kamal Morarka, INLD head Dushyant Chautala and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda met at Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's Delhi residence for the formation of a new alliance against the government.
"We have a common stand on issues," said Kumar.
"On 22 December, our parties will organise a unified programme where leaders will participate in dharna," said the former Bihar Chief Minister. "We will raise the black money issue during the 22 December programme."
Nitish Kumar also said that the alliance would raise the issue of the government going back on its promises made to the farmers of India.
"When we achieve total unity in this alliance, we will fight elections as one party," said Kumar. "We want this alliance to finally develop into a party, but this will take time."
The JD(U) chief also said that Mulayam Singh Yadav had been authorised to unite this alliance into a political party. "We have authorised Mulayamji to carry out discussions to merge all parties with a common agenda and thought and form a political party," he said.
He also said that in current times, there was no strong opposition to question the government. "In the current political scenario, the opposition should be strong. People are not properly questioning the government. Voices against the government are being suppressed," said Nitish, adding that the alliance had been formed to create a strong opposition.
When asked whether this alliance was formed because of the fear of Narendra Modi, Nitish Kumar said, "We are not uniting due to the fear of any one person."
Kumar also said that the alliance was not formed to improve their standing in certain states in India. "This alliance has been formed keeping the nation in mind. We decided to unite to address the problems of the nation, not any particular region," he said.
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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2014 17:55:51 IST