Top leaders of Opposition parties deliberated in Patna on Friday (June 23) to chalk out a roadmap for the formation of an anti-BJP front for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. After an almost four-hour long meeting, as many as 17 Opposition resolved to fight the 2024 Lok Sabha elections unitedly to defeat the BJP and work with flexibility by setting aside their differences.
Addressing a joint press conference after an almost four-hour-long meeting, during which leaders of 17 parties expressed their views, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the leaders will meet in the next few days to give final shape to their plan of fighting together. “We had a good meeting and several leaders expressed their views during the meeting. 17 parties have decided to work together and contest the Lok Sabha elections unitedly,” he told reporters.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge announced that the next meeting of opposition leaders would be held in Shimla in Himachal Pradesh next month. “We have decided to prepare a common agenda and will take decisions in the next meeting on how to move forward,” he said. “We will have to evolve separate plans for every state and we will work together to dethrone the BJP at the Centre.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, ”We may have some differences but have decided to work together with flexibility and will work to protect our ideology”. West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said the first meet was organised in Patna as “Whatever starts from Patna, takes the shape of the public movement”. “We all are united and will fight unitedly against BJP,” she said.
Earlier, taking a jibe at the meeting, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah said, “Today a photo session is underway in Patna. They (the Opposition) want to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA. I want to tell them that PM Modi will form his government in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls with more than 300 seats.”