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INDIA bloc to hold next round of meetings in Delhi on December 19 as Lok Sabha polls draw nearer

INDIA bloc to work on 'Main Nahin, Hum' motto at next strategy meet to take on PM Modi

Floor leaders of 17 parties of the INDIA opposition bloc met at the residence of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on December 6 (PTI)Premium
Floor leaders of 17 parties of the INDIA opposition bloc met at the residence of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on December 6 (PTI)

Members of the Opposition INDIA bloc will hold their fourth meeting on December 19. The event comes days after the Congress' poor show in the recently concluded assembly elections. Political leaders attending the meet are likely to focus on evolving a "core positive agenda", seat sharing and a programme to hold joint rallies.

"The 4th meeting of the leaders of INDIA parties will be held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2023, in New Delhi at 3 p.m," tweeted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

Leaders from 17 allied parties had met at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's residence last week. However a full-fledged meeting could not be held on December 6 as key opposition leaders remained unavailable.

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A PTI report quoting a senior Congress official indicates that the bloc will move forward with the unified theme of "Main Nahin, Hum" at the meeting. Sources told the publication that the allies would also evolve a common programme — highlighting issues such as caste census, legal guarantee to MSP and social security for workers. 

They are also likely to chalk out seat sharing plans and formulate a plan of action for holding joint election rallies. The meeting will be crucial for the Congress in this regard as it reels from heavy poll losses in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance had held its first meeting in Patna on June 23. A second meeting was held in Bengaluru on July 17-18 following by a third interation in Mumbai. The bloc of 27 parties had adopted resolutions to collectively contest the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections during their last meeting between August 31 and September 1.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 10 Dec 2023, 07:20 PM IST
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