In a highly anticipated event, the Congress has called for a meeting of prominent leaders from 24 opposition parties to strategize for the upcoming Monsoon Session of parliament and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Here are 10 fascinating details about this significant development:
The meeting aims to bring together opposition leaders to address their differences and present a formidable, united front in the next year’s general elections.
Sources reveal that there is a proposal to establish a subcommittee responsible for drafting a common minimum program and communication points for the opposition alliance in the 2024 general elections. The leaders also plan to propose a name for the alliance.
After much deliberation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) recently announced its participation in the meeting, following the Congress’ endorsement of their campaign against a controversial central order that sought to regain control over Delhi’s bureaucracy.
Eminent leaders such as Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Arvind Kejriwal, MK Stalin, Nitish Kumar, and Hemant Soren are among the key figures attending this crucial gathering.
However, leaders like K Chandrasekhar Rao, Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chandrababu Naidu, and Naveen Patnaik have chosen to abstain from the event.
The opposition meeting takes place amidst the backdrop of the split in the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the violent incidents during the West Bengal panchayat polls. State units of the Congress and Left parties have accused the Trinamool Congress government of oppressive actions.
The previous meeting for opposition unity, hosted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on June 23, witnessed the participation of fifteen parties.
Coinciding with the opposition meet, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is organizing a massive gathering in New Delhi to showcase its strength ahead of the 2024 general elections.
The NDA expects approximately 30 parties to reiterate their support for the alliance before the commencement of the Monsoon Session on July 20.
As the opposition parties rally together and the ruling alliance flexes its numbers, the political landscape is set for an intriguing showdown, shaping the course of Indian democracy in the years to come.