In an unforeseen turn of events, the presence of Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal at the Opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc’s two-day meeting in Mumbai has reportedly caused discomfort among Congress leaders, according to sources.
It was noted that Sibal was not officially invited to the gathering, raising concerns within Congress ranks. Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal even expressed his dissatisfaction about Sibal’s impromptu participation to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also part of the INDIA meeting.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, mentioned that he had no objections to any individual’s participation.
A video from the event captured Kapil Sibal standing alongside other Opposition leaders, distinct from Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge as they posed for a group photograph.
What’s Happening at the INDIA Meeting?
During the INDIA bloc’s meeting in Mumbai, key leaders of the Opposition engaged in crucial discussions aimed at structuring their cooperation and finalizing plans for seat sharing, as well as crafting a common agenda to challenge the ruling NDA in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Sources indicated that the opposition alliance intends to establish a team of spokespersons who will represent the coalition’s collective voice. Additionally, they plan to address the appointment of a convenor for the alliance.
In the formal deliberations of the third round of meetings, opposition leaders are expected to release a joint statement and announce the formation of a coordination panel, along with sub-panels, to provide structure to their electoral strategies.
Leaders from across the country, assembled at the meeting, are set to advance discussions on specific matters, including the establishment of a coordination committee, the formation of subgroups for collaborating on shared agendas, media strategies, joint initiatives, and programs.
During informal conversations at a dinner event held on Thursday night, leaders emphasized the urgency of concluding seat-sharing agreements and unveiling a unified agenda within the next few weeks.
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