Just yesterday the grand opposition show named their alliance I-N-D-I-A, and today there is news that Bihar’s CM Nitish Kumar is not happy with this title. Not only him but other news are also suggesting that even Nitish’s partner RJD, CPI (M) and AAP disagree with the name given to this alliance.
News published on News 18 website quoted a few other news channels and informed that Bihar BJP’s leader Sushil Kumar Modi has said that Nitish Kumar is not happy with the alliance given the name of INDIA. Although the sources within the alliance say he was unhappy to start with later, he agreed.
But, one can not deny that Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal did not attend the press conference held after the meeting. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav was also found absent during this press conference. The report also suggests that Sitaram Yechury suggested other names that, as per him, are better than INDIA.
A report published on Aaj Tak suggests that Nitish Kumar even questioned, “What is the meaning of naming this alliance INDIA?” Some leaders think that Congress forced this name, which wasn’t decided unanimously.
There are two different claims regarding who suggested the name. One claim suggests that the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, and the other says it was ex-Congress MP from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi, who suggested this name.
On the other hand, Bihar CM and his ally RJD feel that Nitish Kumar was the main force to unite the opposition and in Bengaluru, Congress hijacked the entire alliance. BJP also claims that Nitish Kumar is unhappy because he wasn’t named the convener of this newly formed alliance despite his hard work.
A report in Live Hindustan claims that even Arvind Kejriwal was not happy regarding naming the alliance INDIA. He believed that first, there must be an agreement on seat sharing. CPI (M)’s Sitaram Yechury echoed Kejriwal’s views because his party must fight against the INDIA alliance partners in Kerala and West Bengal.
As expected, the so-called unity of the opposition has already shown the first signs of fissures. If Nitish Kumar is unhappy, it will be tough for others to keep everyone together in the coming days. The Lok Sabha 2024 elections are still far, but one can imagine that once it nears, we will see more problems emerging between these opposition parties claiming ‘United We Stand’.