With new punchline ‘Jeetega Bharat’, third Oppn meet in Mumbai to decide 11-member committee, convenortext_fields
New Delhi: The Opposition alliance of the 26 parties which was named Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) on Tuesday during the two-day meeting in Bengaluru has also coined the new punchline ‘Jeetega Bharat’ (India will win), sources said on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, after the new name of the opposition parties was coined, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi dropped a hint at the new slogan with a tweet, “Bharat Judega, INDIA jeetega” (India will unite and India will win).
When asked if Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party is not contending for the prime ministerial post.
The leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha while addressing the meeting of the opposition leaders in Bengaluru said that the nature of the election has changed as earlier people used to contest for getting some posts or to come to power or to become Prime Minister.
According to the sources, Kharge told the leaders that now the fight is to save the country, and the next election is to save the Constitution.
“And for us we don’t want to contest the election for coming to power and to get the prime ministerial post,” the sources said.
The 11-member coordination committee will be announced during the third meeting of the opposition parties in Mumbai. Kharge also said that the dates of the third meeting will be decided after the Parliament’s Monsoon Session.
The Congress president said that a common secretariat will also be set up in Delhi for campaign management and specific committees will be formed for separate issues.
Besides the 11-member committee, the discussion over selecting a convenor will be taken up during the third meeting as someone has to call the meeting of the bloc in the coming days.
He further said that during the meeting on Tuesday, several names for the opposition bloc were discussed, however, the name suggested by former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was liked by all.
He also said that there was almost an hour-long discussion over the new name and the opposition leader came to a consensus as some people suggested different names for the bloc but that did not materialise.
The two-day meeting of the 26 opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool, AAP, DMK, Sharad Pawar's NCP, CPM etc., held in Bengaluru came up with a new name for the alliance, which effectively replaces the 2004 UPA – United Progressive Alliance.