A contemporary effort to maneuver in the direction of a Third Entrance forward of 2024 common elections seems to have nosedived. This time, the writer was Aam Aadmi Social gathering chief Arvind Kejriwal, who wished to boost cohesion and type a discussion board of non-BJP, non-Congress Chief Ministers, with what, sources indicated, might be a watch to 2024. However the dinner he invited them to, by no means occurred, along with his invitees returning a less-than-warm response.
The Delhi Chief Minister — who has been battling the Centre and its consultant, the Lieutenant Governor, since coming to energy in 2014 — wrote to seven Chief Ministers, inviting them to Delhi on March 18. The thought was to seek out frequent trigger and type a “progressive group of Chief Ministers” who have been battling the Centre on comparable points.
The letter — which has been accessed by NDTV — was despatched on February 5 to Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan, Tamil Nadu’s MK Stalin, Jharkhand’s Hemant Soren and others.
Sources, nonetheless, mentioned Telangana Chief Minister Okay Chandrasekhar Rao, who was additionally among the many invitees, has turned it down, citing poor well being.
In recent times, Mr Rao has been the primary to push for a non-BJP, non-Congress coalition, however appeared to have deserted his efforts in view of the lukewarm response from different events. He’s focussing his consideration now on taking his get together to different states.
Mr Kejriwal was one of many few attendees when Mr Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi morphed into the nationwide Bharat Rashtra Samithi final month.
Sources in Bihar and Bengal governments have additionally confirmed Mr Kejriwal’s invite. The Delhi Chief Minister’s workplace is but to reply on the problem.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee — one of many key interlocuters of the opposition in 2019 — has already declared that she intends to go it alone within the 2024 common elections.
Bihar’s Nitish Kumar, who was additionally seen by many to take a management function after he broke away from the BJP a second time, has insisted that he’s not searching for the Prime Minister’s submit. His deputy Tejashwi Yadav at the moment mentioned, “Neither he (Nitish Kumar) needs to develop into the Prime Minister nor do I need to develop into the Chief Minister. We’re comfortable the place we’re”.
A united opposition for 2024 seems to be a protracted shot although the Congress has declared that it is able to work with like-minded events, with out looking for the management function within the alliance.