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Nitish Kumar Resisted 'INDIA' Name for Opposition Front

Nitish Kumar
Nitish Kumar

 

July 19, 2023 : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reportedly resisted the name "INDIA" for the opposition alliance ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
According to reports, Kumar questioned how an opposition alliance could be named "INDIA" and expressed reservations about an acronym with the letters "NDA" in it.
Left leaders were also reportedly hesitant and suggested different alternatives. But as most parties seemed to approve of the name, Kumar reportedly acquiesced.
"All right, if all of you are okay with it (the name INDIA), then it is fine," Kumar said.
Reports attributed the name "INDIA" to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. All opposition leaders had been asked for suggestions.
The name "INDIA" is seen as a way to project a united front against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The alliance is also expected to adopt a common symbol and manifesto for the 2024 elections.
Kumar's resistance to the name "INDIA" is likely due to his own political calculations. The Bihar Chief Minister has been known to switch alliances at the opportune moment. He has previously been part of the BJP-led NDA and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
Kumar's decision to support the "INDIA" alliance is a sign that he is now willing to work with the Congress. This is a significant development, as it could help to unite the opposition and pose a serious challenge to the BJP in the 2024 elections.
In a statement, Mamata Banerjee said that the name "INDIA" was chosen "to represent the aspirations of the people of India". She added that the alliance would "work together to defeat the BJP and restore democracy in India".
The "INDIA" alliance is still in its early stages, but it has the potential to be a major force in Indian politics. If the alliance can unite the opposition and present a clear alternative to the BJP, it could be a major upset in the 2024 elections.

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