The Opposition is trying to iron out their differences and project a united front in next year’s general elections.
To plan for the 2024 Lok Sabha election, opposition leaders have begun to arrive in Bengaluru for a two-day brainstorming session.
The majority of the opposition leaders have begun to arrive in Bengaluru for the second major meeting to plan a campaign for the Lok Sabha election of 2024. Bengaluru streets were covered in posters with the slogan “United We Stand” and images of opposition leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, Mamata Banerjee of the TMC, Sharad Pawar of the NCP, Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP, M. K. Stalin of the DMK, and leaders of the Left and some regional organisations.
Congress leaders in Parliament Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and former party leader Rahul Gandhi have already reached Bengaluru for the two-day brainstorming session.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, left for the Karnataka capital on Monday. Nitish Kumar had taken the initiative to unite the opposing groups. Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will also participate in the brainstorming session, after an apparent clash in the first meeting in Patna on the topic of Congress’ support on the ordinance issue.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar will be the center of attention after meeting opposition party legislators there, including his nephew Ajit Pawar.
According to ANI, the summit will begin with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s speech at the Taj West End hotel on Monday night.
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Top leaders of 26 opposition parties are expected to participate in the summit, besides announcing a joint movement strategy to challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. They are expected to start work on a single minimum programme.
The opposition parties intend to form a subcommittee to design an agreed basic program and negotiating points of the alliance.
The agenda of the meeting discussed the process of deciding seat-sharing on a state-by-state basis.
The Leader of the Opposition can also talk about the EVM issue and recommend changes to the Election Commission.