Before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the opposition is trying to form a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ against the NDA. However, the ongoing efforts for solidarity on the part of the opposition parties have not yet shown colour. In this episode, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) organized a rally in Fatehabad, Haryana on Sunday. In this, many opposition parties were seen on one platform, but some important parties were also absent.
Other senior leaders like Om Prakash Chautala of INLD and Sukhbir Singh Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, Sharad Pawar of NCP, Sitaram Yechury of Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena, who have a history of being anti-Congress for a long time. were present on a stage. Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav was also on the stage. The rally was seen as a step towards solidarity among non-BJP parties. However, no one from Congress attended the rally.
These opposition leaders including Mamta did not come to the rally
The DMK, TRS and TMC, which were among the important opposition parties, did not participate in this rally. However, it is not yet clear whether Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was invited or not. At the same time, National Conference (NC) chief Farooq Abdullah, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sent messages stating the compulsion of not being able to attend the rally.
Nitish Kumar is emphasizing on the need for unity among non-BJP parties including Congress these days. He had severed ties with the BJP last month and had come to Delhi to hold talks with several prominent leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Pawar and Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal. In the rally also, he appealed to all opposition parties including Congress and Left parties to unite. He said that the main front of the opposition parties will decide that the saffron party is badly defeated in the 2024 general elections.
I am not a candidate for PM’s post: Nitish Kumar
Kumar said that this is the time for all opposition parties to form a main front and not a third front. He said such a front would win a grand victory. While leaving the rally venue, Nitish Kumar told reporters that he was not a prime ministerial candidate. He alleged that no real work is being done under the BJP government at the Centre. He accused the BJP of controlling various institutions, including the media, to further unilateral discourse.
Will have to work towards changing the government: Pawar
Sharad Pawar said that the time has come for everyone to work towards changing the government at the Center in 2024. He said that the farmers protested on the borders of the national capital, but the central government did not pay heed to their demands for a very long time. Pawar said committing suicide of farmers and youth is not a solution, while bringing about change is the real solution and everyone should try towards changing the government at the Center in 2024.
Also claimed to be the ‘real NDA’
At the same time, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal appealed to form a united front of like-minded parties. Badal said his party, Shiv Sena and Janata Dal (United) are the “real NDA” as it was they who formed the alliance. Badal said that this is the time when all like-minded parties should unite under the flag of farmers and laborers and work for their welfare. In this way, the opposition parties shouted loudly in the Fatehabad rally, but this voice would not have gone very far from the distance of some important opposition parties including the Congress.
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