Rama Krishna Sangem
Twenty eight opposition parties front INDIA that held its third meeting in Mumbai for two days on August 31 and September 1 formed a panel of 14 leaders to take forward its common goal of fighting elections together. But, they stopped short of naming a convener to lead the front is this meeting. Indications are there that it will take some more time to chose a convener who will lead it.
The Opposition alliance INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) passed a resolution in its meeting on Friday in Mumbai, where the Opposition parties resolved to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2024 together as far as possible and immediately initiate seat-sharing arrangements in different states.
The Opposition alliance stated: “We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections together as far as possible. Seat-sharing arrangements in different states will be initiated immediately and concluded at the earliest in a collaborative spirit of give-and-take.”
The bloc added: “We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to organise public rallies at the earliest in different parts of the country on issues of public concern and importance. We, the INDIA parties, hereby resolve to coordinate our respective communications and media strategies and campaigns with the theme, “Judega Bharat, Jiteega India” in different languages.”
Oppose One Nation, One Election Bill
According to reports, the Opposition bloc has formed a 13-member coordination committee. The leaders of 28 Opposition parties meeting in Mumbai have slammed the government’s move to set up a panel to study the feasibility of “one nation, one election.”
The Centre on Thursday constituted a committee headed by former president Ram Nath Kovind for “one nation, one election”.
Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut said, “We demand fair election, not ‘one nation one election’. This move of “one nation, one election” is being brought to divert the attention from our demand for a fair election.”
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the government took this decision without discussing it with other political parties.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi always talked about India being the mother of democracy, so how can he make such a decision without consulting with all the parties?” Raja said.