Opposition Front named I.N.D.I.A; Nitish Kumar and Sonia Gandhi likely to grab leadership roles

The top leaders representing the 26 different political parties met today in Bengaluru to decide on the contours of the front that will take on the BJP next year. They agreed on a name – I.N.D.I.A (Indian National Development Inclusive Alliance).

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge announced that the next Opposition meeting will be held in Mumbai, where they will set up an 11-member coordination committee. When asked who will lead the Opposition alliance, Kharge said that a Convenor shall be decided at Mumbai meeting. He stated, “These ae small things.”

Apart from TNC’s Mamata Bannerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray, and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke at the press conference. Many leaders did not interact with the media as they have to rush to airport for their flights, as said by Kharge.

The leaders, who gathered in Bengaluru, had a dinner meeting last evening to formalise the agenda for Tuesday’s closed-door talks. As per the sources, reported by NDTV, chances are that Sonia Gandhi will be appointed as President of the Front, as she has earlier held position of Chairperson of UPA, and Nitish Kumar will be the Convenor.

Besides the political leaders mentioned above, Chief Ministers MK Stalin, Hemant Soren, and RJD chief Lalu Prasad also took part in the two day meeting. Sharad Pawar, whose party underwent a split earlier this month, as his nephew Ajit Pawar rebelled, also joined the meeting today.

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