3rd INDIA meet concludes in Mumbai, key takeaways

MUMBAI | Updated: 02 September, 2023 11:59 am IST
The INDIA alliance meet has been deemed to be a success however, their decision on a convenor remains unfulfilled

MUMBAI: The three-day INDIA affair in Mumbai has concluded today with a bunch of key takeaways to look at. While hosting a meeting including 28 parties, the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai was star-studded with several chief ministers, former union ministers and top brass of major opposition parties. One could feel a fervour and frenzy around the walls of the luxury hotel as all the leaders seemed to be upbeat about the future of INDIA.

According to the schedule, the INDIA bloc announced their resolution after an all-party meeting and decided on the future plan regarding the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The INDIA resolution read as follows:

“We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections together as far as possible. Seat-sharing arrangements in different states will be initiated immediately and concluded at the earliest in a collaborative spirit of give-and-take.’’

“We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to organize public rallies at the earliest in different parts of the country on issues of public concern and importance.’’

We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to coordinate our respective communications and media strategies and campaigns with the theme Judega Bharat, Jeetega India in different languages.

Along with the resolution, the alliance also announced a 13-member coordination committee. Although the hierarchy of the committee is not clear, Sharad Pawar is  the senior-most leader present in the committee. Other names include Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Congress Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal, Shiv Sena (UBT) Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, TMC General Secretary and RS MP Abhishek Banerjee, AAP’s disqualified RS MP Raghav Chadha, former J&K CMs Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, CPI General Secretary D Raja, JD(U) President Lallan Singh, and Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav.

Top INDIA leaders spoke on the second day and made several scathing attacks on the ruling dispensation. Former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray attacked the Modi government saying, “Earlier it (BJP’s slogan) was ‘Sabka Saath-Sabaka Vikas’ but then it turned as ‘Sabko Laat-Apna Vikas.’” On the other hand, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal called the Modi government the most corrupt government of independent India.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi relaunched his continuous attack on Modi over Adani scandal and Chinese aggression. “I have travelled to Ladakh and visited the spot and near to Pangong lake. Shepherds, leaders and people who live around the Pangong lake categorically told me that China has taken our land. The PM is lying that China has not taken any land.People of India and People of Ladakh are being betrayed by the Modi government.”

The INDIA parties have also announced that a joint rally will take place on 2nd October, on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, however, the venue has not been decided so far.

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