With the aim of defeating the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, 26 opposition parties have formed an alliance named ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance’ (INDIA).
Its third meeting can be held in Mumbai on 31 August and 1 September.
Sources gave this information on Friday. The first meeting of the opposition alliance was held in Bihar’s capital Patna and the second meeting was held in Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru.
This meeting of the opposition alliance in Mumbai was earlier to be held in the last week of August, but some leaders expressed their inability to be available citing their busy schedules.
A senior leader of the opposition alliance said, “The next meeting of our alliance will be held in Mumbai on August 31 and September 1. On August 31, a dinner has been kept for the opposition leaders. On September 1, there will be a formal meeting during the day and then a joint press conference in the evening”.
Sources said that this meeting is to be held in a hotel in Powai area. This will be the first time that the meeting of constituents of ‘India’ is going to be held in a state where none of these parties is in power.
The Mumbai meeting will also be important in the sense that a decision can be taken on the name of a convenor of this alliance. And a coordination committee can also be formed.
Along with this, a framework can also be prepared in the context of seat coordination for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in this meeting.
The 26 parties of the opposition had announced a new alliance named ‘Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA)’ on July 18, while laying the groundwork for the next Lok Sabha elections. They had said that this ‘INDIA’ would defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024.
Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, former president Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bihar Chief Minister and top Janata Dal (U) leaders were present in the meeting. Nitish Kumar, DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal , Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and some other leaders had attended the meeting.