Marandi arrived here on a visit and is set to meet Nitish Kumar to discuss issues related to development of bordering areas in Jharkhand close to Bihar.

"All regional and secular-democratic parties have to unite across the country to ensure defeat of the BJP," Marandi told the media here.

Marandi's statement came a day after Janata Dal-United (JD-U) general secretary KC Tyagi made it clear that Nitish Kumar has no Prime Ministerial ambitions and is only working to unite like-minded parties to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) .

"The party has never projected Nitish Kumar as the prime ministerial candidate so far," Tyagi said. According to JD-U leaders, Marandi is likely to join hands with Nitish Kumar in Jharkhand.

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