The leaders of the INDIA bloc convened virtually on Saturday to discuss the alliance’s key issues, including the agenda for seat sharing.
The opposition INDIA group has nominated Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge as its chairperson. After weeks of back-and-forth among the alliance parties over the crucial position, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was also appointed as Convener. The decision was made during the leaders of the INDIA bloc’s virtual summit on Saturday – Nitish Kumar declines the convener position
Chief of the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav and supremo of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Mamata Banerjee, will be apprised of the decision, according to individuals with knowledge of the development.
JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha, who was present at the meeting, stated that Nitish Kumar declined the position of convener, stating that someone from the Congress party should assume the duty. Kumar reportedly stated that he would only take the position if everyone was on board. This was reported by The Indian Express
The coalition was created to face the BJP-led juggernaut of Narendra Modi in the general election of 2024, but it has been beset by internal conflicts over a number of topics, most notably the divisive selection of a convenor. According to PTI, the TMC was resisting the JD(U)’s desire for Nitish Kumar to serve as convener.
The leaders of the INDIA bloc convened virtually on Saturday afternoon to discuss the alliance’s critical problems, including participation in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, seat-sharing, and other matters of great importance.
Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), participated in the INDIA bloc leaders’ meeting in Mumbai over video conference.
Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, the head of the DMK, and MK Stalin, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, participated in the video conference in Chennai.
According to the PTI report, Saturday’s discussion was an attempt to have a virtual meeting twice; the first attempt, which was made a few days ago, did not succeed.