New Delhi: A bevy of opposition leaders, together with NCP’s Sharad Pawar, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and DMK’s Kanimozhi, will probably be attending the Indian Nationwide Lok Dal’s rally in Haryana’s Fatehabad on September 25. JD(U) chief spokesperson Okay C Tyagi mentioned RJD chief and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, Nationwide Convention chief Farooq Abdullah, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury and BJP chief Birender Singh have additionally given their consent to attend the rally to mark the beginning anniversary of former deputy prime minister and INLD founder Devi Lal.
The approaching collectively of so many regional satraps is being seen as an effort in direction of opposition unity, and Kumar and RJD president Lalu Prasad are additionally more likely to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi after the rally to take the method ahead.
“It is going to be a historic assembly that may mark the consolidation of like-minded forces in opposition to the ruling BJP within the run-up to the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” Tyagi mentioned.
The presence of so many opposition leaders, all heavyweights of their states, on one platform will probably be a fillip to the efforts for unity among the many non-BJP forces.
Birender Singh’s equation with the BJP management has soured for a while though his son Brijendra Singh is a Lok Sabha member of the get together from Hisar.
Tyagi, a veteran socialist chief, has been working actively to make sure the participation of most opposition leaders in what’s being seen as a present of energy by the INLD, which is itself combating for survival in Haryana following a cut up in its ranks after its patriarch Om Prakash Chautala’s elder son Ajay Chautala fashioned Jannayak Janata Occasion, a BJP ally. The JJP had managed to safe a lot of the conventional INLD votes within the final meeting polls.
Lok Sabha member and Rashtriya Loktantrik Occasion’s Hanuman Beniwal, a former BJP ally from Rajasthan, may also attend the rally apart from former Haryana minister Venod Sharma, he mentioned.
INLD chief and former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala has additionally despatched invites to a number of different regional bigwigs, together with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Telangana Chief Minister Okay Chandrashekar Rao, and TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu, for attending the general public assembly. Samajwadi Occasion president Akhilesh Yadav has additionally been invited.
Nitish Kumar has been stressing on the necessity for such unity among the many non-BJP events, together with the Congress, since he broke ties with the saffron get together final month and got here to Delhi to carry talks with plenty of key leaders, together with Rahul Gandhi, Pawar and AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal.
Although, the absence of the Congress, which has been a staunch adversary of the INLD in Haryana, and a few regional bigwigs like Banerjee and Rao but to substantiate their participation additionally implies that a grand opposition unity stays a piece in progress.