‘INDIA will fight against fascist BJP rule led by Modi’, says Kharge, invites all who ‘share commitment to Constitution’

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge thanked voters for ‘overwhelming support’ for the INDIA bloc, adding that the people's mandate had “given befitting reply to the BJP and their politics of hate, corruption”.

Anwesha Mitra
Updated6 Jun 2024, 07:48 AM IST
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge welcomes INDIA bloc leaders during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge welcomes INDIA bloc leaders during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday(ANI)

Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge in a press conference on June 5 said the INDIA bloc would induct “all parties which share a commitment to values enshrined in our Constitution”.

“The INDIA bloc will continue to fight against the fascist rule of the BJP led by Modi. We will take the appropriate steps at the appropriate time to realise the people's desire not to be ruled by the BJP's government,” Kharge added.

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This came after members of the loosely allied grouping, collectively called INDIA, met in the afternoon on June 5, to discuss the possibilities of government formation and the likelihood of contacting former allies Nitish Kumar (JD(U) in Bihar) and N Chandrababu Naidu (TDP in Andhra Pradesh). 

The development came even as the BJP-led NDA held a meeting and prepared to stake its claim to form the government. 

The INDIA bloc has secured 233 seats in the recently concluded 2024 Lok Sabha elections and stands a slim chance of forming the government with support from the TDP and JD(U).

Mandate Against PM Modi, Says Kharge

“The mandate is decisively against Prime Minister Modi as well as the substance and style of his politics. It is a huge political loss for him personally, apart from being a clear moral defeat as well. However, he is determined to subvert the will of the people,” Kharge said at a press conference after the bloc meeting ended. He also reiterated the Opposition group's willingness to reach out to allies outside the grouping.

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The Congress chief thanked voters for extending ‘overwhelming support’ for the INDIA bloc. He asserted that the people's mandate had “given befitting reply to the BJP and their politics of hate, corruption”.

“This is a mandate in defence of the Constitution of India and against price rise, unemployment and crony capitalism and also to save democracy. The INDIA bloc will continue to fight against the fascist rule of the BJP led by Modi. We will take the appropriate steps at the appropriate time to realise the people's desire not to be ruled by the BJP's government. This is our decision and we altogether agreed on these points and we will keep up with the promises we have given to the people,” Kharge added.

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The meeting at Kharge's Delhi residence was attended by a slew of top leaders from various allied parties including Leaders of the INDIA alliance including Tejashwi Yadav, Raghav Chadha, Sharad Pawar, D Raja, Sanjay Raut, Akhilesh Yadav and Champai Soren.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published:6 Jun 2024, 07:48 AM IST
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