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NCP chief Sharad Pawar invites opposition parties for a meeting

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar has convened a meeting of opposition parties on Tuesday to explore the possibilities of a joint fight against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP in the 2024 general elections. Pawar would also explore the possibility of a coalition to combat the BJP in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election due in 2022.

The development comes following meetings between Pawar and election strategist Prashant Kishor. Notably, invitations have been sent to several opposition parties on behalf of Pawar and Trinamool Congress leader Yashwant Sinha.

Sharad Pawar-Prashant Kishor meeting

Sharad Pawar and Prashant Kishor met for the second time in two weeks today amid speculation about a plan for “Mission 2024” to fight the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the next national election. They had last met on June 11 at Pawar’s Mumbai home for three hours.

Apart from talks on a joint opposition candidate to challenge PM Modi, tomorrow’s meeting will also facilitate an “exploratory exercise” to try and evolve an alternative to the BJP focusing on Uttar Pradesh, where there is sharp discontent against the BJP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Some sections of the BJP are silently supporting Pawar, who has understood that there is a huge decline in the popularity of PM Modi and that there is a need to take on the BJP, according to media reports.

Several parties received invitation

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Sanjay Singh, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Manoj Jha and Congress leader Vivek Tankha are some of the invitees. Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK has so far not received any invitation and says it is not aware of the meeting.

Reacting to initial reports that the Congress was not invited, the party’s Maharashtra leader Nana Patole added to his litany of provocative statements over the past few days. “In a democracy, everyone has a right to do whatever they want to. We won’t stop anyone. But there can be no front without the Congress,” he said, adding that this was not the first time that Pawar was trying to organise a third front.

 

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