Recent state election losses in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh have sparked internal strife within the Indian National Congress party and its alliance within the INDIA bloc. Key figures in the alliance, including Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have voiced dissatisfaction with the Congress's strategies. Akhilesh Yadav alluded to a need for a fresh approach, highlighting the relevance of the Samajwadi Party's struggle in Uttar Pradesh.
Election Losses Stir Up Internal Discord
Mamata Banerjee blamed the Congress for the election losses in the Hindi heartland states, attributing them to a lack of seat-sharing arrangements. Indicating her disapproval, Banerjee announced her unavailability for an upcoming alliance meeting on December 6 due to a prior commitment in North Bengal. Adding to the tension, the SP also declined to attend a meeting led by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. The party expressed discontent for the Congress's failure to align with them in Madhya Pradesh and for negative comments made about Akhilesh by the state's Congress leader Kamal Nath.
Unforeseen Absences and Unresolved Issues
Further complicating matters, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin will also be absent from the December 6 meeting due to his involvement in cyclone relief efforts in his state. Despite these internal conflicts, the opposition parties within the bloc have agreed on a united strategy in Parliament. They plan to oppose certain bills and demand discussions on the country's economic situation.
Congress Strategy Amid Criticism
Amid the discord, the Congress has decided it will participate in discussions but will oppose legislation replacing the IPC, CrPC, and the Evidence Act, which it deems dangerous. This decision comes against the backdrop of election losses and internal disagreements that have challenged the unity and strength of the INDIA bloc alliance.