An attempt to form a third front against the BJP-led NDA government by former Haryana chief minister and INLD head Om Prakash Chautala suffered an early setback when Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar voiced his inability to attend the birth anniversary function of former Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhary Devi. Lal on September 25.
In what was seen as an initial step in sewing a third front, Chautala had invited Kumar along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, SP sponsor Mulayam Singh Yadav, JD (S) Supreme Deve Gowda and several others for the event.
Kumar, whose party has already passed a resolution on him possessing “all the qualities of a prime minister,” had generated speculation about his political ambitions when he met with Chautala in August this year. The supreme of JD (U) has already resisted the BJP in the Pegasus spyware controversy and the caste census.
The Indian Express quoted sources from JD (U) as saying that Nitish Kumar “might not be very comfortable with the idea of Chautala floating on a third front and talking openly about it at such an early stage.” “We are an important part of the NDA and we are leading a coalition government. Any unnecessary political stance from Jind can be avoided, ”said a source from JD (U).