The main topic of discussion at the gathering of the 26-member Opposition group INDIA in Mumbai on Thursday was seat-sharing for the forthcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The opposition leaders talked about how to move the seat-sharing arrangement through quickly amid reports that the central government will likely propose the “One Nation, One Election” measure in Parliament in September.
Several leaders, including Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and Congress chairman Mallikarjun Kharge, pushed the group to start talking about seat-sharing immediately.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chairman of the Aam Aadmi Party and the chief minister of Delhi, declared during the meeting that he was prepared to make “sacrifices” in order to battle the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Kharge also pushed for the creation of coordination committees at the state and federal levels. Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party, emphasized the significance of equally allocating the duties of the coordination committees to each of the INDIA bloc’s members.
Lalu Prasad Yadav, the leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, urged the leaders there to put their “egos aside” for the benefit of the country, claiming that “divisive politics” were harming the country.
The leaders also decided to draw attention to problems with the BJP-led administration, including as price increases, unemployment, and farmer discontent, in order to disadvantage the saffron party in the elections.
Several leaders of the INDIA bloc, including Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Shiv Sena (UBT) leaders Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya Thackeray, NCP (Sharad Pawar faction) leaders Supriya Sule and Jayant Patil, met ahead of the scheduled meeting to discuss the course of the gathering.