Delhi CM Kejriwal to go on 10-day Vipassana retreat amid INDIA bloc meeting

NEW DELHI | Updated: 16 December, 2023 4:45 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to embark on a 10-day Vipassana meditation course from December 19. His meditation course is slated to coincide with the fourth meeting of the opposition INDIA bloc in the national capital.

There remains an air of doubt regarding Kejriwal’s inability to attend the fourth meeting of the INDIA bloc. The meeting is slated to be the first after the Congress’ defeat in the three states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Arvind Kejriwal has been a long-time practitioner of Vipassana, undertaking a 10-day course annually. In previous years, he had participated in meditation sessions across various locations, including Bengaluru and Jaipur.

The fourth meeting of the INDIA bloc is anticipated to focus on the theme of unity with the slogan “Main nahi, hum” (Not me, but us). Discussions during the meeting are likely to address the significant issue of seat-sharing among the 27 alliance partners.

The INDIA bloc may also deliberate on a joint election campaign strategy in preparation for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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The last meeting of the alliance was held in Mumbai in September where they had established coordination committees.

Seat-sharing talks were stalled as the Congress awaited the outcome of elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

Earlier, Mallikarjun Kharge, the President of the Grand Old Party, had called for a meeting in the national capital, however, most of the senior leaders of the alliance had sat it out. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, former CM Akhilesh Yadav and others had decided to skip the meeting, following Congress’ debacle in the three states.

The Lok Sabha elections are slated to go underway in the month of April.

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