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INDIA Opposition Bloc Pushes for Caste Census and Seat-Sharing in 1st Important and Tactical Meeting

INDIA Opposition Bloc : prepares to present a unified front in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha election. KC Venugopal, Congress leader, confirmed the decision, stating that they would also commence discussions on seat-sharing arrangements among the member parties.

New Delhi, 13 September (City Times): INDIA Opposition Bloc : In a strategic meeting held in Delhi, the INDIA opposition alliance has collectively decided to champion the cause of conducting a caste census in India. This move comes as the bloc prepares to present a unified front in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha election. KC Venugopal, Congress leader, confirmed the decision, stating that they would also commence discussions on seat-sharing arrangements among the member parties.

Notable Absentees and Trinamool Congress’s Stance

While 12 out of the 14 parties representing the highest decision-making body of the INDIA Opposition Bloc attended the meeting, the absence of the Trinamool Congress was conspicuous. Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Banerjee, the party’s nominee, was reportedly summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning related to alleged irregularities in government school appointments. This absence is significant as the Trinamool Congress had previously opposed the inclusion of the caste census demand in a joint political resolution.

Caste Census Call Amidst Absence

In light of the Trinamool Congress’s absence, INDIA Opposition Bloc chose to pursue the caste census issue immediately and resolve the matter with the party at a later time. This decision may not sit well with Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal and leader of the Trinamool Congress. INDIA also criticized Abhishek Banerjee’s absence, labeling it as “vendetta politics” related to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Emphasis on Caste Census

After a meeting in July, INDIA Opposition Bloc had passed a resolution urging the government to conduct a caste census. All participating parties highlighted the need to address “hatred and violence against minorities” and advocated for a “fair hearing for all socially, educationally, and economically backward communities.” As a first step toward achieving this, they called for the implementation of a caste census. Currently, the feasibility of conducting such a census is under discussion in the Supreme Court.

Seat-Sharing Discussions

The coordination committee of INDIA Opposition Bloc also decided to initiate the process of determining seat-sharing arrangements among member parties. They agreed that parties involved would engage in talks and reach decisions at the earliest convenience.

Recent Elections and Unity Challenges

INDIA Opposition Bloc recently contested its first elections, participating in seven bypolls across different states. However, eyebrows were raised when it was revealed that the bloc’s parties would compete against each other in three of these constituencies, creating questions about their level of unity. Despite securing an overall victory of 4-3 against the BJP, the issue of backing a caste census despite objections from a member party could exacerbate these unity concerns.

Media Boycott Sub-Committee

In addition to their focus on political strategies, the opposition bloc has formed a sub-committee to identify news organizations to boycott. The sub-group on Media will decide on the names of news anchors whose shows INDIA parties will collectively boycott. This move is part of their broader efforts to address media-related issues.

Opposition INDIA Bloc Mulls Media Boycott

Beyond its political strategies, the INDIA opposition bloc has shifted its attention to media engagement. A sub-committee dedicated to media affairs has been formed with the specific mandate to select news organizations to boycott. Their mission extends to identifying anchors whose shows will be boycotted by all INDIA member parties. This initiative reflects the bloc’s growing concerns about media representation and fairness.

A Unified Front with Challenges Ahead

As INDIA strives to present a unified front ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, it faces several challenges. Balancing the diverse priorities and positions of member parties while fostering cohesion remains a formidable task. The decision to pursue a caste census, despite objections from a key member party, adds complexity to this unity. As political dynamics continue to evolve, the path to a cohesive opposition front will likely encounter further twists and turns, making the run-up to the election an intriguing and closely watched political spectacle.

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