This article provides live updates and breaking news regarding the upcoming meeting of non-BJP parties in Patna. The meeting aims to discuss and strategize ways to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. It is being organized by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who leads the Janata Dal (United) party.
Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee to Attend Event
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, along with Trinamool Congress chief Abhishek Banerjee, will be attending the meeting of Opposition leaders called by Nitish Kumar in Patna. Their participation highlights the growing alliance between regional parties against the BJP. However, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has stated that she will not be attending the event. Mayawati expressed her belief that parties like Congress and BJP lack the ability to implement the constitution of Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Sharad Pawar Scheduled to Reach Patna
NCP chief Sharad Pawar is expected to reach Patna for the mega meeting of Opposition parties. Pawar will address party workers at the NCP office in the city at 3 pm. His presence underscores the significance of the gathering and the efforts to foster opposition unity.
The meeting of opposition parties in Patna serves as a crucial platform for non-BJP leaders to formulate a joint strategy ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. Nitish Kumar, as the Chief Minister of Bihar and a leader of the Janata Dal (United), initiated the meeting with the aim of uniting various opposition parties against the BJP. However, the task of forging this alliance is expected to be challenging.
Focus on Centre’s Ordinance and Common Agenda
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to opposition parties, emphasizing the need to discuss the Centre’s ordinance on administrative services in the national capital during the meeting in Patna. Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), stressed the importance of defeating the related bill in the Rajya Sabha.
The Opposition meeting in Patna is not intended to discuss the selection of a prime ministerial candidate. Instead, the primary focus will be on establishing a common agenda for the parties to work on in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The meeting will serve as the initial step toward finalizing a shared plan among the participating parties.
Expected Attendance and Alliance Formation
Approximately 18 “like-minded” opposition parties are likely to attend the meeting on June 23. The leaders of these parties are optimistic about gaining an early advantage in the process of forming alliances, in contrast to previous attempts. The objective is to create a unified front capable of challenging the BJP’s dominance.
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