Imphal, July 18:
The opposition alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has been decided to be named INDIA, which stands for Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, speaking at the Opposition unity conclave in Bengaluru, stated that his party is not interested in power or the prime ministerial post. He emphasized that the differences between some of the parties at the state level are not ideological and can be put aside for the sake of the people.
Kharge further pointed out that the BJP did not secure all 303 seats by itself in the previous elections but relied on the votes of its allies, whom they later discarded. Taking a dig at the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting, he mentioned that BJP leaders are currently trying to reconcile with their old allies. The purpose of the Opposition meeting, he stated, is to safeguard the Constitution, democracy, secularism, and social justice.
The Opposition consists of at least 26 parties, while the NDA has 38. Both meetings, held in Delhi and Bengaluru, will shape the narrative leading up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections next year.
The opposition alliance for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections is likely to be named INDIA, which stands for Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance. Congress Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore hinted at this possibility on Twitter, saying, “INDIA will win. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien also tweeted, “Chak De! INDIA,” during the ongoing meeting.
Several opposition leaders criticized the BJP, stating that their meeting aims to protect the country, democracy, and the Constitution. The ongoing opposition unity meeting in Bengaluru aims to give the coalition of 26 parties a name, structure, and common agenda to challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The leaders expressed concerns that the BJP government is undermining the country’s democracy and emphasized the need to protect the “idea of India. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, speaking at the Opposition unity conclave, stressed the importance of a united stand against the erosion of the Constitution and the undermining of the secular fabric.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal stated at the Opposition meeting that Prime Minister Modi has mismanaged almost every sector during his tenure and it is time to remove him from power. West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, speaking on the second day of the Opposition meeting in Bengaluru, expressed optimism about the constructive outcome of the meeting and its positive impact on the country.