Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 12:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, along with other invitees, is likely to attend Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar oath-taking ceremony on November 20.
Leaders like Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gagoi have been invited to participate in the oath taking ceremony, a party spokesperson said.
Besides, former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, former Jharkhand chief ministers Babulal Marandi and Hemant Soren and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chauthala have been invited to attend the oath taking ceremony, he added.
“We have decided to invite all leaders opposed to BJP to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar,” JD-U spokesperson Ajay Alok told newsmen in Patna today.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and JD-U president Sharad Yadav will be the main guests at the function.
JD-U general secretary K.C. Tayagi said that all the big leaders opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) brand of politics will come-together to express their show of unity during the oath taking ceremony.
“It will be a new beginning of opposition unity in the country,” he said.
According to reports, Nitish Kumar will again take oath as chief minister along with a 36-member council of ministers after the Chhath festival to be celebrated in the third week of November.
The Grand Alliance routed the BJP in assembly elections, the results of which were announced on Sunday. The RJD emerged as the single largest party with 80 assembly seats, followed by the JD-U with 71 and the Congress with 27 seats.
There will be 16 ministers from Lalu Prasad’s RJD, 15 from the JD-U and five from the Congress.