Political Gatherings: I.N.D.I.A and NDA Meetings Coincide; Opposite Agendas Expected
Political Dynamics: I.N.D.I.A Bloc’s National-Level Meeting Coincides with NDA Gathering
“I.N.D.I.A, a coalition of 26 non-BJP parties, is set to convene its third national-level meeting in Mumbai on Friday. This gathering coincides with a concurrent meeting organized by Maharashtra’s ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Which is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the central level.
Notably, this marks the second instance of both groups holding their respective meetings on the same day. Previously, the BJP-led NDA had gathered in New Delhi as part of preparations for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The upcoming NDA meeting in Mumbai will witness the participation of recently inducted Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. Also his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction will attend. Sunil Tatkare, NCP MP representing the Ajit Pawar faction, affirmed that the state government alliance partners – BJP, Shiv Sena (represented by Eknath Shinde), and NCP (led by Ajit Pawar) – will all take part.
Tatkare dismissed any correlation between the prominent NDA gathering and the selected date for the I.N.D.I.A meeting. He clarified, We scheduled our meeting well in advance, prior to the recent state assembly Monsoon session, as determined by our coordination committee,” he clarified. “Therefore, suggesting that our choice of date is a response to the simultaneous meeting of opposition parties on that day would be unfounded.
During the forthcoming meeting, the I.N.D.I.A bloc plans to unveil its official common logo. The agenda of the meeting is also likely to encompass discussions on seat-sharing strategies for upcoming elections. Adding to the alliance’s momentum, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hinted at the potential expansion of the coalition, indicating that more regional parties might join the initiative.
In a separate development, Congress Leader PL Punia spoke about the selection of a Prime Ministerial candidate. He stated that the alliance would decide on potential candidates for the position after its victory.
Uddhav Thackeray, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, counterparts from various states such as Nitish Kumar and Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, and Sharad Pawar are among the expected participants in the event.
Launched in June, the Opposition coalition, aimed at challenging the leadership of the Narendra Modi-led government in the 2024 elections. It has embarked on a series of meetings to strategize their approach and fortify the newfound solidarity. Even as notable differences persist within the coalition.