What Stalin-led Opposition leaders will discuss in Delhi on Monday

MK Stalin, Chennai Literature Fest
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin in a file photo

Top Opposition leaders, led by DMK chief MK Stalin, are scheduled to take part in a national conference on social justice in Delhi on Monday.

The All India Federation for Social Justice, a brainchild of Stalin, will hold its first national conference on the theme — “Taking Forward the Struggle for Social Justice and Joint National Programme for Social Justice Movement”.

The conference will be addressed by several Opposition leaders.

The conference will be held in a hybrid mode, with some like Stalin scheduled to address the gathering virtually.

Seen as a display of Opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the conference will be attended by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, his Jharkhand counterpart Hemant Soren and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.

Other attendees include Derek OBrien (Trinamool Congress), Sanjay Singh (Aam Aadmi Party), CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah, Chhagan Bhujbal (Nationalist Congress Party), Manoj Jha (Rashtriya Janata Dal), ET Muhammad Basheer (Indian Union Muslim League), K Keshava Rao (Bharat Rashtra Samithi) and MDMK leader Vaiko.

This is the second attempt of the DMK to unite the Opposition, rallying around Stalin. Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, Tejashwi Yadav and Farooq Abdullah were among those who were part of the DMK chiefs 70th birthday celebrations recently.

While Stalin is slated to address the conference virtually from Chennai for 20-25 minutes, others will get around seven minutes each to speak, sources said.

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