All the Essential Details About the Upcoming Mega Opposition Meet in Patna
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar is hosting a crucial meeting of opposition parties at his official residence in Patna. The meeting aims to establish “Opposition unity” against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Over a dozen parties are expected to attend the meeting, organized by Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar, who severed ties with the BJP last year. The gathering intends to boost the morale of the Opposition, which has been affected by internal conflicts.
As a gesture of welcome, state ministers will receive non-BJP leaders from across the country at the airport. Traditional Bihari cuisine, including the popular dish ‘litti chokha,’ will be served to the guests.
However, the meeting has already faced criticism, with leaders such as Mayawati and Arvind Kejriwal announcing their intentions to skip or walk out of the gathering. In contrast, the Trinamool Congress views it as a positive step towards the 2024 general elections.
Here’s a rundown of important details about the opposition meeting:
The idea of hosting the meeting in Patna was suggested by Mamata Banerjee, who emphasized the need for opposition unity during her meeting with Nitish Kumar in Kolkata earlier this year.
The meeting will cover various topics, including the violence in Manipur, protests by wrestlers, and the recent ordinance issued by the central government in Delhi. The objective is to foster discussions among the opposition parties, with a focus on avoiding any derailing of efforts for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
It remains to be seen if the parties will rally behind a single candidate to contest against Prime Minister Modi. While there are speculations about Nitish Kumar becoming the convenor for a united opposition, contenders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Sharad Pawar, and Mamata Banerjee make the decision challenging.
Notable leaders expected to participate in the meeting include Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, M K Stalin, Sharad Pawar, Mehbooba Mufti, and Hemant Soren. Mamata Banerjee will be accompanied by her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. However, BSP president Mayawati has declared her decision to skip the meeting, expressing her reservations about forming an opposition alliance.
Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi and AAP national convener, has threatened to boycott the meeting unless Congress commits to supporting AAP against the Centre’s ordinance. Kejriwal has been advocating for control over administrative services in Delhi, which were taken away by the central government.
The BJP has dismissed the opposition meeting as a futile exercise, labeling it an opportunistic alliance that won’t yield any results. The party asserts that the country trusts the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting that people won’t vote for an unstable and opportunistic coalition.
In summary, the opposition meet in Patna, hosted by Nitish Kumar, is set to unite various political parties against the BJP. Despite some leaders expressing criticism or reservations, the meeting aims to bolster opposition unity and strategize for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
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