'People of India want change', says Pawar on eve of I.N.D.I.A conclave
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'People of India want change', says Pawar on eve of I.N.D.I.A conclave

Mumbai, Aug 30: Setting the tone for the two-day I.N.D.I.A. Conclave starting here on Thursday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday that “the people of the country want a change”, for which the Opposition leaders are gathering here.

Speaking at a joint media briefing, Pawar hinted at the possibility of discussing the prickly issue of seat-sharing for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections by the national Opposition parties.

The NCP chief said that the first two I.N.D.I.A. alliance meetings were very critical and now the joint strategy of the Opposition bloc to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to be discussed over the next two days.

He said a panel comprising some senior leaders may be formed and given the task of discussing the seat-sharing formula for the Lok Sabha polls at the state and local levels.

To a question on the allegations recently hurled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at various national Opposition leaders, Pawar dared the Centre that “if they have the courage, they should investigate the cases and bring out the facts” instead of just making such accusations.

On the likely stance of BSP supremo Mayawati, who is reportedly toying with the idea of joining I.N.D.I.A., Pawar said it remains to be seen, as “she is also having discussions with the BJP”.

The 83-year-old leader was addressing a packed media conference on the eve of the two-day I.N.D.I.A. Conclave scheduled on Thursday-Friday to chart out the national Opposition parties' gameplan to dislodge the BJP from power.

So far, 28 Opposition parties have confirmed participation in the meeting from all over India. This is the first INDIA Conclave to be held in a state not ruled by any of the bloc’s constituents, unlike the previous two meetings held in Bihar and Karnataka.


We have to make e­ ort to secure majority: Farooq Abdullah Mumbai, Aug 30: Amid speculations around the seat-sharing formula that is to be adopted by the INDIA  partners, National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday said the focus, for now, was for the Opposition bloc to secure a majority in next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, the former J&K chief minister said, "Why worry? What has to happen will happen. Only God knows what will happen. We have to make an eff ort to secure a majority (in the  ext general elections)."

Speculations have gained ground that there may be talks of a seat-sharing formula during the third  meeting of the INDIA partners in Mumbai.

The meeting, which will get  underway later on Wednesday, will be carried over into

Thursday. Other  key issues, which are also part of  the Opposition's  agenda, are also likely to come up for discussion at the two-day meeting.

Unveiling of the INDIA alliance logo, formation of the coordination commi‑ ee, appointment of  convenors, strategies for the general  elections and several others are also on the agenda of the INDIA meeting.

A grouping of 26 Opposition parties, including the Congress, INDIA held its inaugural  meeting in Patna. The meeting was convened by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The parties came together as part of a concerted bid to take on the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in next year's Lok Sabha elections.

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