Patna meet: 17 Oppn parties resolve to fight unitedly to defeat BJP in 2024 LS polls
As many as 17 Opposition parties on Friday (June 23) at the Patna meeting committed to work together unitedly and contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections by setting aside their differences to defeat the BJP.
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.
Kumar, who hosted the first such meeting, said they were working in the national interest and accused the BJP of acting against the national interest, as it was trying to change the country’s history.
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,” he said.
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 and added that “the BJP wants to change history but we’ll ensure that history is saved”.
She also asserted that they were not Opposition parties but were also citizens of the country who had patriotism and loved Bharat Mata.
(With agency inputs)