The Opposition alliance, INDIA, will hold its first public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal in the first week of October. This announcement came after the INDIA bloc’s Coordination Committee held its first meeting on Wednesday.
According to a joint statement issued by the Opposition alliance, the public meeting will focus on the “issues of rising prices, unemployment and corruption of the BJP government”.
The meeting of the 13-member panel of the Opposition took place at the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar in Delhi.
SEAT-SHARING FOR LOK SABHA POLLS
The Coordination Committee also discussed various issues, including seat-sharing for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
The committee decided to begin talks among member parties to determine the seat-sharing formula based on the performance of parties in past elections and the strength of the largest party in each state.
The aim is to ensure that a joint opposition candidate is put up against BJP candidates in Lok Sabha seats.
In addition, the parties agreed to address the issue of the caste census in Bihar, according to the joint statement.
The INDIA bloc, formed by 26 opposition parties, aims to challenge the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in a united manner in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The Coordination Committee acts as the top decision-making body of the opposition alliance.
MEMBERS OF COORDINATION COMMITTEE
The coordination cum election strategy committee of the opposition’s INDIA bloc has 13 members – KC Venugopal (Congress), TR Baalu (DMK), Hemant Soren (JMM), Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena-UBT), Tejashwi Yadav (RJD), Raghav Chadha (AAP), Javed Ali Khan (SP), Lalan Singh (JD-U), D Raja (CPI), Omar Abdullah (National Conference), Mehbooba Mufti (PDP), Abhishek Banerjee (TMC), and a member from CPI-M.
Abhishek Banerjee, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it today, did not attend the Coordination Committee’s meeting.