INDIA Bloc leaders discuss alliance matters in virtual meeting

During the virtual meeting of INDIA bloc leaders, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, who were absent from the gathering, will be apprised of the decisions made, according to sources familiar with the situation.

JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar has declined the role of convener, expressing the view that someone from the Congress party should assume the responsibility, as mentioned by JD(U) leader Sanjay Jha, who participated in the meeting. Nitish Kumar reportedly insisted that he would accept the position only if all parties reached a consensus.

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The alliance, created to counter the BJP in the upcoming 2024 general elections, had been grappling with internal challenges, including disagreements over the appointment of a convenor. PTI reported that JD(U) advocated for Nitish Kumar as the convener, but the TMC opposed this proposition.

The virtual meeting of INDIA bloc leaders commenced on Saturday afternoon to discuss the seat-sharing agenda, participation in the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, and other crucial matters related to the alliance.

Sharad Pawar, the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), participated in the meeting via video conferencing from Mumbai.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK leader MK Stalin, along with party leader Kanimozhi Karunanidhi, joined the meeting through video conferencing in Chennai.

This session marked the second attempt to conduct a virtual meeting, as the previous endeavor a few days ago did not materialize, according to a PTI report.