Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated as the chairperson of India’s opposition alliance. The decision was taken at a virtual meeting of the leaders of the 14 opposition parties of the India Alliance on Saturday to discuss seat sharing ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
This information was reported by the Indian media NDTV citing multiple sources. However, no official announcement has been made by the India alliance yet.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is proposed to be nominated as the convenor of the alliance, NDTV reports. He, however, said he would take up the role of convenor of the alliance only if all the parties agreed. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee was not present in this meeting. No representative of Trinamool was seen in this meeting. Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray was also not present.
Analysts say electing a chairperson has been a challenge for the India bloc. Now another key challenge for the party is the issue of seat sharing. Congress is the largest party in this alliance.
Congress held a meeting with the Aam Aadmi Party yesterday on seat sharing. Even today, virtual meetings are attended by leaders of many parties in the alliance and discuss seat sharing. However, nothing has been said about whether any formula has been fixed for seat sharing.