Opposition Leadership Issue to be Discussed at Right Time, Says Kharge


"We will unitedly fight polls as people are fed up with Modi government's policies," Kharge said.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Opposition parties on Thursday said that they are all united on issues of common cause and clarified that the issue of leadership for 2024 Lok Sabha elections would be decided at an appropriate time.

Addressing a joint press conference by 19 opposition parties at the Constitution Club after a “Tiranga March” from Parliament House to Vijay Chowk, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that there should not be an obsession over the leadership among opposition parties.

“The issue of leadership will arise when the time is ripe. It will be a collective decision,” Kharge added.

“We will unitedly fight polls as people are fed up with Modi government’s policies,” Kharge said.

To a question on BJP attacking Congress over dynasty politics, Kharge said that since 1998, no Gandhi family member has been either a prime minister or a minister.

“Gandhi family has been agitating over people’s issues for the past many years while others are enjoying themselves,” Kharge said.

He further said that all issues to be raised during the 2024 Lok Sabha polls would be discussed when the time is ripe.

Modi Govt Talks a Lot About Democracy, but….

Congress president also accused the Narendra Modi government of not walking the talk on democratic principles and causing disruptions in Parliament to divert attention from the Opposition’s demand for a JPC probe into the Adani issue. The government’s intention was to get the Budget Session washed out, he said.

The government’s “intention was to get the Budget Session washed out and we condemn this attitude”, the Congress chief said and added that “if this continues, democracy will be finished and we will move towards dictatorship,” reports PTI.

Kharge said the Modi government talks a lot about democracy, but it does not follow what it says, and asserted that the Opposition was unitedly fighting for democracy and the Constitution.

Bharath Rashtra Samithi leader K Keshava Rao said that though his party has been politically distant from the Congress, they are with the main opposition party on certain issues.

Representatives of parties like Congress, DMK, Trinamool, Left, BRS, AAP, Samajwadi Party and many others were present on the occasion. — (With agency inputs)


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