NCP presents blueprint for opposition unity at 8th National Congress

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The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is holding its eighth national gathering here on Sunday to send a message of opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections that will face Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pawar, who surprised the BJP by forging an unlikely alliance of Congress, Shiv Sena and NCP to form a government in Maharashtra after the 2019 general election, has already called on opposition parties to put aside differences and unite to challenge juggernaut Modi .

The NCP’s expanded working committee, meeting here on Saturday night, is due to adopt a series of resolutions calling for opposition unity, assessment of the economic scenario, farmers’ problems and women’s empowerment, a criticism of the Modi will be the government’s performance on these points.

Those resolutions can be the blueprint for uniting the opposition, a senior NCP leader said, adding that the issues flagged by the party aim to give a voice to common man’s problems and the rhetoric promoted by the Modi government to interrupt.

Pawar and senior NCP leaders are scheduled to address the party’s eighth national congress at Talkatora Stadium on Sunday.

Pawar is also expected to release a pamphlet detailing Modi’s promises to be fulfilled by 2022, such as building toilets, providing shelter for all, drinking water for all and broadband connections for every village.

In its public interactions, the NCP supremo has claimed that the BJP does not rule 70 percent of the country’s landmass by popular mandate and has claimed that it came to power in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra by overthrowing opposition governments .

In one assessment by the NCP leadership, opposition unity was not a mirage and can be achieved through skillful handling of competing aspirations and fueled by a shared eagerness to confront Modi.

A senior NCP leader said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Congress agreed with the issues raised by the NCP.

But the challenge for the opposition is to bring together competing parties like the AAP and Congress, the Trinamool Congress and leftist pirates, he said.

NCP leadership believe that K Chandrasekhar Rao’s TRS was also open to some adjustments with Congress to keep Modi out, but getting Akali Dal and AAP on the same page could be a challenge in Punjab.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik does not want to upset the BJP at the national level but is determined not to allow the Saffron Party to grow in the state, the NCP leader said.

The NCP is also likely to propose rallies in Patna, Kolkata and Mumbai to show off opposition unity while leaders work towards a common agenda for the 2024 elections.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been edited by the staff at Business Standard; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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