INDIA bloc may induct 9 more parties soon

Three out of the total 9 parties are from Assam

MUMBAI | Updated: 31 August, 2023 5:40 pm IST
INDIA alliance to induct 9 new parties. (File photo)

MUMBAI: When the newly-formed INDIA bloc meets on Friday, they will discuss, among other things, whether to let nine more parties join their group as opposition leaders race to form a formidable force to take on PM Modi in 2024.

Among the nine regional parties are three from Assam: Assam Jatiya Parishad, RTI activist Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal, and little-known Aanchalik Garamanch, according to leaders attending the huddle. Gogoi is the lone public representative, an MLA, among the three parties.

“Nine regional parties are in touch with us to join the INDIA alliance. If everything goes well and they join, then it will strengthen our alliance,” a leader told The New Indian.

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Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi earlier said that alliance leaders are in talks with other parties as well to bring them into the opposition fold.

The third meeting of the 26 opposition parties are being hosted at Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai’s upscale Santa Cruz by leaders of Maha Vikas Aghadi – the Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT), and the Nationalist Congress Party (Sharad Pawar faction).

At the two-day meeting beginning Thursday, the alliance constituents will discuss a joint strategy for the 2024 general elections. The meeting is expected to focus on the selection of candidates, seat sharing, and the coordination of campaigning.

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The meeting is also expected to discuss the formation of a coordination committee and the appointment of convenors for the general election.

Interestingly, the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, is also holding a meeting on Friday to discuss its strategy for the 2024 general election. The meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders.

BJP and its alliance partners, including Ajit Pawar-led NCP and CM Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena, will hold a meeting to chalk out strategy for the 2024 generation elections in Maharashtra, on Friday.

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