I.N.D.I.A. Opposition Alliance Gears Up: Logo announced, Spokesperson Selection, Coordination Setup, Manifesto Planning & More
On Thursday, during an informal meeting, the Opposition parties in India made significant decisions aimed at preparing for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and challenging the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The coalition, named the I.N.D.I.A.Alliance . The Alliance discussed various strategies to strengthen their unity and effectively contest the upcoming elections.
#WATCH | Maharashtra | Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, party president Mallikarjun Kharge and MP Rahul Gandhi arrive at the venue of the meeting of INDIA alliance in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/xOCth1XXm9
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The main points of the I.N.D.I.A. meeting scheduled for Friday in Mumbai are as follows:
The I.N.D.I.A. The bloc intends to reveal its official logo at around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, despite the absence of discussions on this matter during the previous day’s meeting.
The leaders of the opposition parties discussed the agenda for Friday’s meeting, set to commence at 11 a.m. Following the meeting, they plan to release a joint statement and hold a press conference together.
Reports suggest that the parties might select a team of spokespersons to represent the alliance, given that individual parties have their own respective spokespersons. Additionally, the decision was made to establish a coordination committee along with at least four sub-groups, focusing on various aspects such as planning joint programs, managing social media, conducting research and data analysis, organising campaigns and rallies, and potentially appointing a convener for the alliance.
During the informal meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee emphasised the need for the alliance to release its manifesto by October 2. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for the allocation of seats among the participating parties for the Lok Sabha elections to be finalised by the end of the following month.
Many opposition leaders stressed the urgency of finalising their election plans for 2024, considering the possibility of early elections. They emphasised that mere meetings without concrete actions would not be sufficient.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar advised the opposition to be prepared for unexpected strategies and tactics from the NDA. He also noted that the government had called for a special session of Parliament from September 18 to 22.
Notable political leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, former party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena (UBT) President Uddhav Thackeray, Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal, RJD Supremo Lalu Prasad, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s D Raja, CPI (ML) Dipankar Bhattacharya, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP President Akhilesh Yadav, and RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary, among others, actively participated in the informal discussions.
The opposition’s endeavours to forge a cohesive alliance, formulate joint strategies, and present a united front in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections reflect their determination to challenge the ruling NDA and potentially bring about a change in the political landscape.
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