New Delhi: United Janata Dal Party President Nitish Kumar and senior Congress leaders met today in Delhi. Rahul Gandhi, Congress President Mallikarjuna Kharge, Bihar Chief Minister and United Janata Dal Party President Nitish Kumar, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal Chairman Tejashwi Yadav, United Janata Dal President Rajiv Ranjan Singh, RJD Rajya Sabha MP. Manoj Kumar Jha and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid were also present.
Following this, Kharge said in an interview to the media, “We have decided to unite all opposition parties in the upcoming 2024 parliamentary elections. This is a historic first step. This is the beginning. It will shape the vision of the opposition for the nation.”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “Coming to Delhi is an attempt to unify the opposition parties. We will make it possible for as many parties as possible to work together.” Earlier, Nitish Kumar visited RJD leader Lalu at his residence.
As the 2024 parliamentary elections are approaching, the opposition parties are showing interest in joining the same team. Some parties stand aside to take forward the negotiations proactively. The Trinamool Congress party has said that it will face the parliamentary elections alone. But it remains to be seen whether the Trinamool will soften its stance somewhat after Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification.
Similarly, Telangana’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi Party has expressed its desire to unite opposition parties. However, its leader D. Chandrasekhara Rao has openly stated many times that the Congress party does not want to be part of that team.
Sonia Gandhi’s stand: Congress is ready to form alliances with like-minded parties, former party president Sonia Gandhi has said. His article on this was published yesterday in the editorial page of ‘The Hindu’ English newspaper. In it, “The central government is systematically disrupting the pillars of democracy such as parliament, legislative assembly, government administration and justice department. By this, India’s democracy is becoming questionable.
In the last parliamentary session, the opposition parties had planned to raise questions on various issues including unemployment, inflation, separatism, budget and the Adani Group scam. To prevent this, the parliamentary session was completely suspended. Central intelligence agencies, including the CBI, are being targeted by opposition parties. No action is taken only on people who defected from the opposition parties to the ruling BJP. Journalists and social activists are booked under national security laws.
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The Finance Minister did not mention anything about unemployment and inflation in the Union Budget. The central government is acting in such a way that these problems do not exist in India. But the prices of essential commodities including milk, vegetables, eggs, cooking oil, cooking gas are increasing significantly. A large number of youths are unemployed. The promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has not been fulfilled. Riots are conducted using religious festivals. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains silent. The central government is refusing to debate the border issue with China in Parliament.
The next few months will be a trying time for democracy. Narendra Modi government may abuse its power in various states. Congress will take all the problems of the country to the People’s Forum. Congress will continue to fight to protect the Indian Constitution and the voice of the people. We have a sense of responsibility as the main opposition party. In that way, Congress is ready to form an alliance with like-minded parties to save democracy,” said Sonia Gandhi.