The United Opposition Bloc in India, known as the INDIA alliance, held its first coordination committee meeting at the residence of NCP chief Sharad Pawar. The meeting, which took place on Wednesday evening, covered crucial topics including seat-sharing among alliance members and the much-debated caste-census issue.
Following the meeting, the INDIA alliance released a joint statement detailing the outcomes of their discussions. Congress leader K.C. Venugopal revealed that the committee decided on the organization of a joint opposition rally in Bhopal during the first week of October. Additionally, the Coordination Committee initiated the process of seat allocation, with member parties committed to swift deliberations to arrive at final decisions.
Leaders from 12 different political parties attended the meeting, although Abhishek Banerjee from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was notably absent due to an ongoing investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
During a press briefing, K.C. Venugopal outlined some key points discussed at the meeting. “In the first rally, the issues of inflation, unemployment, and corruption within the BJP will be raised. Furthermore, it was unanimously decided that none of the leaders from the INDIA Group will participate in shows hosted by certain media groups’ anchors.”
The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) had previously announced the formation of a 14-member coordination committee during its third meeting in Mumbai. This committee has been assigned the task of developing consensus positions on various issues facing the country under the rule of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Additionally, the committee will establish a common secretariat in New Delhi to manage campaign activities.
Notably, Abhishek Banerjee, a prominent leader from the Trinamool Congress, was unable to attend the meeting due to a summons from the Enforcement Directorate, as confirmed by KC Venugopal.
The coordination and collaboration among these opposition parties appear to be gaining momentum as they prepare for the upcoming elections, aiming to challenge the ruling NDA coalition on a national level.