PATNA: Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, has announced his participation in an upcoming meeting of opposition parties to be held in the capital city of Bihar, Patna, on June 12. The meeting, which aims to unite opposition parties against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, will be chaired by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, as confirmed by a leader of the Janata Dal (United).
The gathering is expected to witness the presence of several senior leaders from various opposition parties. In a positive development, the Congress party has also given its consent to attend the proposed meeting. Jairam Ramesh, a prominent leader from the Congress party, affirmed their participation, stating, “We will definitely attend the meeting on June 12. Who will attend (from Congress) is yet to be discussed.”
Efforts were made to extend the date of the Patna meeting, originally scheduled for June 12, but it seems the organizers were unable to accommodate the request. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is currently on a foreign tour, and the party president has a busy schedule. However, the Congress party is committed to attending the meeting, and if necessary, an alternate representative will be sent. It should be noted that this meeting in Patna is not the only gathering of opposition parties, and senior leaders are expected to attend future meetings as well.
In recent months, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has engaged in discussions with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi, indicating a growing momentum towards opposition unity. Additionally, he has also held a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, further solidifying efforts to bring together opposition forces.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bihar in June, where he will address a public meeting. Samrat Chowdhary, the president of BJP’s Bihar unit, confirmed the Prime Minister’s visit and highlighted the ongoing “Jan Sampark Abhiyaan” (Public Outreach Campaign) taking place across Bihar from May 30 to June 30. The BJP has invited PM Modi to the state as part of their campaign, which aims to connect with more people and expand the party’s reach. Chowdhary expressed optimism about PM Modi’s visit, citing positive feedback received thus far.
As the meeting of opposition parties in Patna draws near, political dynamics in Bihar and the national landscape are set to witness significant developments. The gathering will provide a platform for dialogue, strategizing, and collaboration among various opposition factions as they seek to challenge the ruling party’s dominance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
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