Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, has offered some advice to the Congress, urging the party to clarify its role as opposition parties consider forming an alliance to defeat the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking after attending the two-day national executive gathering of his party in Kolkata, Akhilesh Yadav said that the Congress and several other parties should decide on their roles. He added, “Congress needs to decide what to do with elections. CMs from various states are attempting to form an alliance that will cooperate. Nitish Kumar of Bihar, K Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana, Mamata Banerjee of West Bengal, and MK Stalin of Tamil Nadu are all making an effort. The coalition’s name will be debated later, according to sources.”
The call for an opposition alliance comes amid growing concerns over the BJP’s dominance in Indian politics. The ruling party has won consecutive national elections and holds a majority in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of India’s parliament. Many opposition parties believe that the only way to defeat the BJP is to form a united front and work together towards a common goal.
However, the success of any opposition alliance will depend largely on the role played by the Congress, which remains the largest opposition party in India. Akhilesh Yadav’s advice to the Congress to clarify its role is seen as a crucial step towards building a strong and effective opposition alliance that can take on the BJP in the upcoming elections.
As the political landscape in India continues to evolve, it remains to be seen how the opposition alliance will take shape and what role the Congress will play in it. Nevertheless, the call for unity among opposition parties underscores the importance of a strong and vibrant democracy in India.