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Business News/ News / India/  ‘All want Rahul Gandhi to become PM’: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam ahead of INDIA bloc meet in Mumbai
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‘All want Rahul Gandhi to become PM’: Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam ahead of INDIA bloc meet in Mumbai

Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam expresses support for Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister as INDIA bloc holds its third meeting in Mumbai. Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut also expressed support for Rahul Gandhi, but highlights the need to address differences within the alliance.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI Photo)Premium
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI Photo)

Ahead of the third INDIA block meet in Mumbai today, Maharashtra Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam on Thursday said like other parties Congress members, he too want to see their leader Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister.

While speaking to news agency ANI, he said, "Like other parties, Congress workers and we all want Rahul Gandhi to become the Prime Minister. But this decision has to be taken jointly by all the parties of the alliance".

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He also added that Oppostion parties have united and so powerful that they will remove the BJP govt. “The politics of India is changing. Oppostion parties have now united and they are so powerful that they will remove the BJP govt. In the Mumbai meeting, the agenda will be decided and the coordination committee will also be announced," he said.

Ahead of the meeting, Shiv Sena (UBT) Sanjay Raut too said that people love Rahul Gandhi and want to work under his leadership. Further adding he said, “But all of us will sit together and discuss on putting an end to the differences between some of the parties."

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Earlier on Wednesday, the Aam Admi Party spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar also shared the same sentiments forcing the party to clarify that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was not at all in the race to become Prime Minister. Today while speaking to reporters, AAP's Sanjay Singh said, “The PM will be of INDIA alliance. Arvind Kejriwal has joined the INDIA alliance to save the country from inflation, unemployment and corruption."

Significantly, Nitish Kumar also reiterated that he has no prime ministerial ambitions but will lead the opposition's efforts to fight against the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP today took a dig at the INDIA alliance claiming that everyone in the alliance was only aspiring to become Prime Minister and the alliance partners were deeply embroiled in corruption. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said "There is a game of musical chairs on between the alliance partners. This kind of alliance was formed earlier as well but by the time the elections came they started fighting amongst themselves."

"The meeting of 'Ghamandia Gathbandhan' is going to take place in Mumbai today. These parties have done scams and corruption worth 20,000 lakh crores. It's a selfish alliance.Their agenda is maximum profit from corruption."Patra added.

As the battle heats up for next year's Lok Sabha elections, the 26-member Opposition bloc — INDIA — will on Thursday hold its third meeting in Mumbai, picking up from where they left off in their last huddle at Bengaluru and carrying forward the process of laying a broader roadmap against the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.

While the discussion among the partner leaders in the bloc would centre on the battle plan for the next general elections and a seat-sharing formula, the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) is also likely to unveil its logo during the two-day meeting starting Thursday.

The INDIA leaders would go into an informal huddle on Thursday and the same would be followed by a formal meeting on September 1.

The inaugural meeting of the Opposition bloc was convened by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the third meeting is being organised by the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Opposition alliance in Maharashtra comprising the Congress, Shiv Sena (UBT) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) faction led by Sharad Pawar. 

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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Published: 31 Aug 2023, 01:52 PM IST
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