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Congress Disinterested in Prime Ministerial Position: Mallikarjun Kharge Declares at Opposition Meeting

Opposition Leaders Converge in Bengaluru to Forge Grand Alliance Against BJP (Opposition Meeting)

New Delhi, 18 July (City Times): Prominent leaders from 26 Opposition parties have congregated in Bengaluru to strategize and form an alliance to challenge the BJP in the upcoming year. The official discussions are scheduled to take place today between 11 am and 4 pm.

Here are the key highlights

  1. Mallikarjun Kharge, President of the Congress party, unequivocally stated that his party has no interest in obtaining power or the position of Prime Minister. Taking a dig at the BJP, he accused the ruling party’s president and leaders of desperately seeking reconciliation with former allies. “We are a coalition of 26 parties, governing 11 states. The BJP did not secure 303 seats independently; they relied on the votes of their allies and then discarded them,” he expressed during the meeting.
  2. The 26 Opposition parties have reached a consensus on naming their grand alliance against the BJP as I-N-D-I-A (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance). Mallikarjun Kharge disclosed that the subsequent Opposition meeting will be held in Mumbai, where an 11-member coordination committee will be established.
  3. The assembled leaders, who convened in Bengaluru, convened for a dinner meeting the previous evening to finalize the agenda for the closed-door talks scheduled for Tuesday. Sources indicate that Sonia Gandhi, the former chairperson of the UPA, may be appointed as the President of the Front, with Nitish Kumar serving as the Convenor.
  4. Prominent leaders, including Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers MK Stalin, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal, Hemant Soren, Mamata Banerjee, and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, have assembled for the two-day conference. Sharad Pawar, whose party recently faced internal divisions following his nephew Ajit Pawar’s rebellion, has also joined the gathering, underscoring the significance of the event.
  5. Insiders have disclosed that every participating party has been urged to suggest a name for the alliance, with a particular emphasis on incorporating the term “India.” The proposed tagline for the alliance is “United We Stand.” Furthermore, the leaders are actively seeking suggestions for the formulation of a Common Minimum Programme, while also considering the need to separate discussions on state-related matters. This inclusive approach aims to foster collaboration and ensure comprehensive deliberations on various aspects of the opposition front’s agenda.
  6. The dinner meeting at the Taj West End Hotel last night witnessed Mamata Banerjee and Sonia Gandhi seated beside each other. Sources indicate that they engaged in a one-on-one conversation lasting nearly 20 minutes, causing a slight delay in the commencement of the meeting.
  7. While the two leaders share a cordial rapport, the relationship between the Congress and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress had recently soured. However, both parties have moved past their differences and agreed that toppling the BJP in the upcoming elections is crucial for the preservation of democracy and federalism.
  8. The Congress has deliberately chosen Bengaluru as the host city for the meeting, taking advantage of the party’s recent victory in the Karnataka assembly elections. This triumph has not only energized the opposition but also positioned the Congress as a formidable force.
  9. Under the leadership of Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress has adopted a humble approach, expressing a willingness to listen to the ideas of other leaders. The party’s support for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party in opposing the Central Ordinance in Parliament further demonstrates their commitment to being a team player.
  10. When asked whether Janata Dal Secular, the former ally of HD Kumaraswamy, will participate in the meeting, senior Congress leader Pawan Khera replied, “All parties with the determination and courage to confront the BJP are welcome.” He added, “From 16 in Patna to 26 in Bengaluru, this opposition will grow… We will have many more meetings. Issues will be discussed now, and we will assess the leaders later.”

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