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Poll Assessment: Opposition India Bloc to Hold Meeting on June 1. Mamata Skips

Top leaders of the opposition India Bloc will meet in Delhi to assess their performance in the Lok Sabha elections and prepare their strategy before the results. 

Sources said the proposed meeting has been called on June 1 when the last phase of voting will be underway.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) will stay away from this meeting of Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INIA), because on the day of the meeting itself, voting for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections is taking place, due to which the main leaders of the party will be busy.

Regarding this meeting, Mamata Banerjee said on Monday, 'I will not be able to attend the meeting on June 1. There is voting on that day and the relief and rescue work for the damage caused by the storm is still pending, but I will be present in the meeting wholeheartedly. Relief and rescue work is my priority.'

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has called a meeting of the leaders of the constituent parties of the 'India' alliance on the afternoon of June 1. 

TMC said that on the day of the meeting, voting will be held on nine seats in West Bengal, including two seats in Kolkata - Kolkata South and Kolkata North, which are important for the party.

Other constituencies in the state where polling is scheduled to be held on that day include Jadavpur, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur and Diamond Harbour. 

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, party national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee and other top leaders will vote on that day and hence will not be able to attend the meeting.

TMC has so far attended all the meetings of the opposition alliance. TMC has informed the meeting organisers about its inability to attend.

The first meeting of the India Alliance was held in Patna on June 23 last year, followed by a meeting in Bengaluru on July 17-18, 2023 and then in Mumbai from August 31 to September 1. 

The fourth meeting of the opposition alliance was held in Delhi on December 19.

After this, opposition leaders participated in the 'Save Democracy' rally held in Delhi on 31 March in protest against the arrest of Arvind Kejriwal and Hemant Soren. 

TMC has been a part of all these meetings and public meetings. In the March 31 rally in Delhi, TMC leader Derek O'Brien had announced that he would remain a part of the India Block.