Lok Sabha elections: INDIA bloc leaders likely to meet on June 1 to assess Lok Sabha poll performance, TMC to skip | India News

NEW DELHI: The top leaders of the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc are scheduled to convene in New Delhi on June 1 to assess their performance in the recently held Lok Sabha elections and strategize for the future, according to sources.
Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, a prominent figure in the opposition bloc, is set to convene the meeting, which will coincide with the last phase of polling on June 1.
However, sources from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) indicated that party supremo Mamata Banerjee, along with other key leaders, will be unable to attend the meeting as they will be voting in West Bengal on the same day. The TMC has been an active participant in previous meetings of the opposition bloc.
Voting is scheduled for nine seats in West Bengal on June 1, including two seats in Kolkata, namely Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar. Other constituencies in the state include Jadavpur, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jayanagar, Mathurapur, and Diamond Harbour.
The agenda of the meeting will include discussions on the opposition’s strategy ahead of the announcement of election results on June 4 and an evaluation of their performance during the seven-phase elections.
The opposition alliance, comprising 28 parties, has expressed confidence in its ability to prevent the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) from returning to power at the Centre and aims to form its own government.
Previous meetings of the INDIA bloc have taken place in various cities, including Patna, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, where resolutions were adopted to collectively contest the Lok Sabha elections.
While the TMC does not have a seat-sharing arrangement with the Congress or any other party in West Bengal, it has supported the Samajwadi Party’s candidate, Laliteshpati Tripathi, in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi.
On the other hand, the ruling alliance led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated its confidence in securing a third consecutive term in government.
(With inputs from agecies)

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