INDIA bloc’s campaign committee to hold first meeting

NEW DELHI | Updated: 04 September, 2023 3:33 pm IST
INDIA Opposition Alliance's First Campaign Committee Meeting Set for Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: The campaign committee of the newly-formed opposition alliance INDIA of 28 opposition parties is scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format, with some members attending in person and others participating virtually.

The panel will brainstorm ways to design the alliance’s message and outreach strategy for next year’s general election, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a third term.

The committee will discuss the framework and mode of the opposition’s campaigning. It is also expected to discuss the possibility of holding joint rallies, a source close to the developments told The New Indian.

Formed in July to take on the BJP’s election juggernaut, the INDIA or the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance has been holding a series of meetings to finalize its election strategy.

The campaign committee is chaired by Tiruchi Siva, a senior leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The other members of the committee include Mehboob Beg of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kanimozhi Karunanidhi of the DMK, and Pawan Khera of the Congress.

The meeting of the campaign committee comes days after its formation, the group’s third meeting in Mumbai, which saw the inclusion of two new political outfits.

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The INDIA alliance is hoping to field a united front against the BJP in the next general election. The alliance is also hoping to attract the support of regional parties, which are currently not part of the alliance.

The 2024 general election is expected to be a closely fought contest between the BJP and the INDIA alliance. The outcome of the election will have a significant impact on the future of Indian politics.

Meanwhile, a controversial comment of constituent DMK’s leader Udhaynidhi Stalin has set the stage for the first direct confrontation between INDIA and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Stalin, the son of Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin, on Saturday equated Sanatan Dharma, or the ancient India way of life with dengue and mosquitoes.

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